Blacklegged Tick Advisory

Female blacklegged ticks in various stages of feeding. Note the change in size and colour. Photo courtesy of http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/

Lambton Public Health has issued a Blacklegged Tick Advisory.

The agency reports that close to 40 per cent of all ticks submitted and collected so far this year have been identified as Blacklegged or deer ticks that are potential carriers of Lyme disease.

Health officials say that’s an increase from previous years.

Surveillance activities were conducted recently at Pinery Provincial Park and the presence of a Blacklegged tick population has been confirmed.

Residents are encouraged to take precautions when visiting the area in and around the park and during any outdoor activities because the ticks have been confirmed sporadically in other areas of Lambton County as well.

Wearing long pants and doing a tick check after an outing are recommended.

Pets should also be protected with tick and flea collars.

The American dog tick is most common in Lambton and is not a transmitter of Lyme disease.

More information is available by calling Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 (toll free 1-800-667-1839) or by clicking here.