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Protect yourself against mosquitoes and ticks this spring

Nobody likes a bug bite, and especially not one that carries the risk of West Nile virus or Lyme Disease.

Don’t get caught this spring or summer. Follow these tips to protect yourself and your family: 

  • Wear light-colored clothes and long–sleeved tops to help spot ticks and deter mosquitoes
  • Clean up standing water around your home where mosquitos like to breed (old tires, pool covers)
  • Choose closed toe footwear
  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin
  • Search your body for ticks, especially through the groin, scalp, back and underarm areas
  • Remove attached ticks from your body as quickly as possible

In 2018, 16 mosquito traps tested positive for West Nile virus and three human cases were reported. To monitor for Lyme disease risk, active tick surveillance in 2018 found a substantial increase of blacklegged ticks, with 28 ticks found and one tick testing positive for Borellia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease. The Humber Valley in the City of Vaughan is the newest Lyme disease risk area identified in York Region. Lyme disease risk areas have already been identified in the Rouge Valley, North Tract York Regional Forest, Joker’s Hill and the areas surrounding these locations. 

For more information on vector-borne diseases or to report stagnant water in your community, contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933. 



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