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In our previous blog post, we discussed what Lyme disease is and what the symptoms of Lyme disease are.
This post will look at other commonly asked questions about Lyme disease.
Where Are Ticks Found?
The risk of Lyme disease starts when the weather becomes warmer and remains throughout the fall. Usually the greatest risk occurs during the warm spring and summer months. According to the Government of Canada’s site about Lyme disease, backlegged ticks can also be active in the winter if the winter is mild.
To find out which areas of Ontario are at the highest risk for Lyme disease, you can refer to the “Ontario Lyme Disease Map 2016 Estimated Risk Areas” found here. What you need to remember is backlegged ticks (a.k.a. deer ticks) thrive in wet environments, woodlands, tall grass and bushes.
The government website also cautions that even though ticks are usually found in forests, woods and overgrown areas, as a result of tick populations spreading, it is possible to be bitten outside of these locations. According to the website, known endemic areas in Ontario are Point Pelee National Park, Rondeau and Turkey Point provincial parks, Long Point peninsula, including Long Point Provincial Park and the national wildlife area, Wainfleet bog near Welland on the Niagara peninsula, Prince Edward Point, parts of Thousand Islands National Park. Risk areas in Ontario include locations around Kingston, along the St. Lawrence Valley to the border with Quebec and northeast towards Ottawa, western Ontario on the region of Lake of the Woods, Pinery Park on the shore of Lake Huron and Rouge Valley region of eastern Toronto.
Who Is Most At Risk?
People who work outdoors or who usually participate in outdoor activities will be at a higher risk for exposure to tick bites. Activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, hunting and even golfing can put you at higher risk for exposure to ticks.
How Can Lyme Disease Be Prevented?
The best answer is to avoid areas that are known to attract ticks so you can prevent tick bites. Check your public health websites to find out where infected ticks have been found. As a result of growing tick populations, there can be more areas that become high-risk. It is important to learn how to protect yourself if you plan on spending time outdoors and near any wooded, forested, camp grounds or hiking paths.
It is also important to reduce the chances of “tick habitats” developing around your house by maintaining your lawn and yard. The Government of Canada’s website also recommends keeping pets such as dogs out of the woods and looking into tick repellants for pets and using hard materials like stone and metals instead of soft materials like soil for planting.
Here are some safety tips if you plan on enjoying the great outdoors this summer:
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