The Regional Municipality of York spring tick surveillance results show blacklegged ticks are present in natural, wooded areas in York Region, including the Town of Georgina. The Region advises residents to take precautions when enjoying the outdoors this season.
York Region Public Health spring tick surveillance has found blacklegged ticks in the Town of Georgina at the York Region Metro Road Forestry Tract. Spring tick surveillance is being conducted across additional natural public spaces including municipal parks, conservation areas, Regional forest tracts and ravines. The Lyme disease webpage is continually updated with locations of where blacklegged ticks are found.
Not all ticks are infected with the bacteria, so not all tick bites spread Lyme disease. However, residents are advised to take precautions to protect both people and pets from tick bites.
Keep these tips in mind when visiting wooded or brushy natural areas:
· Wear light-coloured pants and long-sleeved tops to help spot ticks
· Choose closed footwear and tuck your pants into your socks
· Use an insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin
· Search your body for ticks, especially the groin, scalp, back and underarm areas
· Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors to wash off unattached ticks
· Safely remove attached ticks from your body as quickly as possible
· Check your pets for ticks
York Region Public Health conducts active tick surveillance in the spring and fall and passive tick surveillance year-round. More information on Lyme disease, personal protection and tick removal is available at york.ca/lymedisease or by contacting York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653; TTY 1-866-512-6228. For further information, please read the attached media release from The Regional Municipality of York.