Ticks Taking Hold In Simcoe Muskoka
Public Health Ontario’s Lyme Disease Map, which outlines estimated risk areas where blacklegged ticks have been found, is anticipated to include a second area within Simcoe Muskoka next year.
During the spring and fall of this year, tick dragging was conducted in Oro-Medonte and blacklegged ticks were identified in both seasons and as a result, the potential risk of the ticks carrying the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease may also be increasing.
Areas where blacklegged ticks may be found include the communities of Oro-Medonte, Orillia, Tiny, Tay, Springwater and Severn townships.
Although ticks tend to be more active during the spring and summer, they can also be active in late fall and early winter. For this reason, people should continue to exercise caution when they’re out in wooded or grassy areas. Proper personal protection is key.
For more information on Lyme disease, visit the health unit’s website at www.smhdu.org