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Fight the Bite this fall

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As we move into the cooler temperatures of autumn, many York Region residents are likely breathing a sigh of relief that they no longer have to contend with those pesky summer mosquitoes.

However, residents should continue to take precautions when visiting the Region’s outdoor parks and natural spaces, as blacklegged ticks can transmit Lyme disease and will remain active as long as temperatures are above 0 degrees Celsius and there is no snow.

Blacklegged ticks are found in natural wooded or brushy areas throughout York Region. As a result, York Region is now identified as a Lyme disease risk area. Remember, there is a chance of being exposed to Lyme disease almost anywhere in Ontario.

If you are heading outdoors or visiting any woodland habitats, take the following steps to avoid being bitten by ticks:

  • Cover up exposed skin when outside. Wear light coloured, long-sleeved shirts or jackets, long pants and socks with closed-toed shoes
  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin and apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Walk in the middle of trails
  • Search your body for ticks after spending time outdoors
  • Shower when you get home to remove unattached ticks
  • Remove attached ticks from your body as soon as possible, paying special attention to the following body areas:
    • Groin
    • Scalp
    • Underarm areas
    • Back

It is also important to check your pets regularly for ticks. While they cannot spread Lyme disease, dogs and cats may bring infected ticks into your home.

Free tick identification services are available through etick.ca. Ticks removed from both animals and humans can be submitted to see if they are blacklegged ticks, the species that can carry the Lyme disease bacteria.

You can learn more about how to Fight the Bite and protect yourself against ticks and mosquitoes by visiting york.ca/lymedisease


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