The Porcupine Health Unit is warning residents to beware of Lyme disease this summer.

The PHU has confirmed the presence of the blacklegged tick in the region, which is known to carry the disease.

Doctor Lianne Catton says the area near Timmins has been identified as low-risk but is asking residents to keep an eye out.

Wearing light coloured clothes, using insect repellent with DEET or Icaridin and checking yourself, your children and your pets will help reduce your risk.

The health unit is asking anyone who does find a tick on themselves or anyone else to remove it immediately and bring it to their local health unit for testing.

Symptoms are flu-like and can take hold anywhere from three days to a month after a bite.