It’s tick season. Learn how to protect yourself, your family and pets.

It’s tick season. Learn how to protect yourself, your family and pets.

 

It’s finally nice enough to spend time outdoors. Unfortunately, it’s also the season for blood-sucking ticks.

 

About 40 species of ticks are found in Canada. Of greatest concern: the blacklegged tick, also called the deer tick, which is quickly spreading to new areas of the country.

 

The blacklegged tick is the primary vector of Lyme disease, which can cause serious, long-term health problems in people and pets. You get Lyme disease when a tick infected with Borrelia bacteria bites you and then feeds on your blood.

 

Common dog ticks also can transmit diseases, including Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

 

How do I protect my family from ticks?

 

The experts at Pest HQ suggest the following:

 

  • Take steps to defend yourself and pets, especially in natural areas. Ticks hang from tall grasses and low-hanging branches, grabbing onto hosts that brush against them, so stick to the center of trails.

 

  • Reduce tick habitat around your home. Deter wild animals, which bring ticks onto the property, with fencing and by removing food and water sources.

 

Still have tick questions? Contact Pest HQ.

 

Read more: 

 

Health Canada – Lyme disease, preventing ticks around home

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/lyme-disease/prevention-lyme-disease.html

Canadians with Lyme disease

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/lyme-disease/surveillance-lyme-disease.html

Tick Talk – Canadian Veterinary Medical Association

https://ticktalkcanada.com/geographic-expansion/

Protect your pets

https://ticktalkcanada.com/tick-prevention/#ticks-don-t-want-you-to-know-how-to-protect-your-pet

Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

https://canlyme.com/lyme-prevention/

10 Tips to avoid Lyme infection 

https://canlyme.com/10-tips-to-avoid-lyme-infection/ 

Ticks in Canada and health risks from exposure

https://ncceh.ca/documents/evidence-review/review-ticks-canada-and-health-risks-exposure

How to get rid of mice and rats

https://pesthq.ca/blogs/rodents/how-to-get-rid-of-mice-and-rats

Why are rats and mice in my garden? 

https://pesthq.ca/blogs/rodents/why-are-rats-in-my-yard-and-garden

Rodents and your health

https://pesthq.ca/blogs/rodents/rodents-and-your-health

About rats and mice

https://pesthq.ca/blogs/rodents/about-rats-and-mice

 

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