Tick Prevention + Removal
How to Avoid Ticks + What To Look For
For some of us, the snow has melted and the temperatures are rising. The urge to leave the confines of our warm homes are calling us to the great outdoors. Long walks in the woods, trips to the beaches, excursions to parks and picnicking in grassy fields may be on your list of activities. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year already. Time to think about tick prevention!
It’s a common myth that ticks are only out during the warmer months. Actually, they can survive in cold climates. We tend to only think about tick prevention as the winter turns to spring. More people and pets are venturing outdoors and that means more encounters with ticks.
There are 40 species of ticks in Canada. I know,right! The Deer Tick being the most common. In the spring, the young Nymph ticks are out in full force to feed. In the fall months, the adult females become more of a threat and should be avoided.
How to Avoid Ticks
- Avoid tick infested areas (especially in the spring and fall)
- Wear long pants & long sleeved shirts
- Wear light colored clothing (Ticks are easier to spot)
- Whenever possible, stay within the trail and walk in the middle
- Avoid tall grass + brush
- Apply insect repellent
While there are certain high risk areas that we should be avoiding, I find that it is difficult to do. After all, we are, by nature, explorers. We want to be outside enjoying all that our land has to offer. We love camping, hiking and lazy relaxing days at the beach. Ticks can also be found outside of these areas too! After all, we ourselves, our pets and birds can transport ticks. If you happen to find a tick on yourself or your pet it’s important to remember the do’s and don’ts of tick removal.
Tick Removal – Don’ts
- Burn the tick off with a match or cigarette lighter
- Cover the tick with petroleum jelly or hot oil
- Grab the tick with your fingers and pull it out
Tick Removal – Do’s
- Purchase a Tick Removal Kit
TICK REMOVAL KIT includes: tick identification cards, 3 styles of tick removers (ie, if tick is in your ear or a pet’s ear a different tick remover size and style are required), magnifying glass, antiseptic wipe, container to put tick into, instructions for proper tick removal, etc.
You can purchase tick kits from The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation for $15.00
Keeping our canine companions safe:
Visit your veterinarian about your options for tick prevention. Personally, I use Advantix topical solution for Tracker.
While avoiding ticks can be difficult, it’s important to be diligent in checking yourselves and your pets after venturing into high risk areas. If you see a tick, remove it right away. Keep the tick in a Ziploc bag and place it in the freezer. If signs of redness occur, visit your doctor immediately.
For more information on ticks, tick prevention and lyme disease visit https://canlyme.com
Christine is the proud mother of three amazing adults in their 20s, and one ‘fur baby’, a dog named Tracker who is never far from Christine’s side. A devoted gardener, during the spring and summer months Christine can normally be found tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. Living in Southern Ontario near Lake Erie, Christine enjoys spending time outdoors, is an avid hiker and fisher, including ice fishing in the winter months.
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