Ontario’s Minister of Health and the Chief Medical Officer for the province have shared some of the best ways to prevent tick bites. Wearing closed-toe shoes and long sleeved shirts and pants will help keep them off you. Wearing light coloured clothes makes it easier to spot ticks. Also showering or bathing within two hours of being outside can remove ticks that may be on your skin but not yet attached. Onatario’s Minister of Health and the Chief Medical Officer also say young black-legged ticks may be as small as a poppy seed so look carefully and do full body checks for ticks.
Lyme disease can be serious and if not recognized early and it can lead to recurring arthritis, neurological problems, numbness and paralysis. Lyme disease is spread through the bite of an infected black-legged tick. Ticks live near the ground in woodlands, tall grass and bushes. Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer warns that ticks thrive in moist environments such as under old leaves. If you or a family member are experiencing any symptoms or have any concerns contact your local health care provider.