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York Region Blacklegged ticks confirmed locations

Did you know blacklegged ticks are in York Region?

Tick populations are continuing to expand. In the spring and the fall, York Region Public Health routinely searches for blacklegged ticks. Our Active Tick Surveillance Program findings have confirmed blacklegged ticks are in York Region. As we find new risk areas, they are added to the provincial map, available on York.ca/Lymedisease.

Where are blacklegged ticks in York Region?

York Region Public Health found blacklegged ticks in the following locations:

Town of Georgina

  • Metro Tract – York Regional Forest
  • Sibbald Point Provincial Park

Township of King

  • Centennial Park Trail
  • Cold Creek Conservation Area
  • Happy Valley Forest
  • Joker’s Hill

City of Markham

  • Bob Hunter Memorial Park – Rouge Valley
  • German Mills Settlers Park

City of Vaughan

  • Bindertwine Park
  • Boyd Conservation Area
  • Kortright Conservation Area

Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

  • North Tract – York Regional Forest
  • Porritt Tract – York Regional Forest

Public Health Ontario has also identified the Rouge Valley, North Tract York Regional Forest, Joker’s Hill, Humber Valley (and the areas surrounding these locations) as Lyme disease risk areas. Risk areas are wooded or brushy areas within a 20 kilometer radius zone around the locations blacklegged ticks have been found.

Look for York Region Public Health’s Fight the Bite” signs if you are out enjoying local parks or trails. These signs let you know blacklegged ticks were found in the area.

How can I protect myself from blacklegged ticks?

  • Use insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin when outside and apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Cover up exposed skin when you go outside by wearing long-sleeved shirts or jackets, long pants and socks and always search your body for ticks.
  • If you find a tick, remove it from your body as soon as possible.
  • It is important to check your pets regularly for ticks. Although they cannot spread Lyme disease, dogs and cats can bring infected ticks into your home. If you find a tick on your pet, take it to your vet for testing.

Remember, blacklegged ticks can be found in natural areas anywhere in York Region, not just where they have already been found. York Region Public Health continues to monitor for blacklegged ticks at various locations throughout spring, summer and fall months.

For more information on the risks blacklegged ticks present, Lyme disease, where to find ticks in Ontario and the steps you can take to protect yourself outdoors visit York.ca/Lymedisease.



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