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Ticks on the Rise in Niagara

April 30, 2019

By: Marcie Culbert

About four times more ticks have been reported to Niagara Public Health so far this year.

Out of all of the ticks sent in for testing, 80 of them have been black legged. This breed has been known to carry Lyme Disease.

Officials believe the cool wet spring may have attracted more of the small spider-like bugs to our neck of the woods. 

If you're spending time outside make sure you wear light coloured clothes, wear bug spray with DEET or icardin and to check your body for ticks afterwards. You should also keep a close eye on your outdoor pets.

Ontario Public Health considers most of the Niagara Region to be a high risk area for ticks.

You can find more information online here.