Tick & Insect Facts & Control Tips
There are several types of ticks and in Ontario, including Burlington-Oakville and areas, the ticks that carry Lyme disease are blacklegged ticks. In Halton, regional staff carry out tick dragging during spring and fall seasons. This is done to identify areas where previous studies showed signs of potential blacklegged ticks. This surveillance reveals that Halton is considered a risk area for Lyme disease (PDF).
It’s crucial that tick prevention education be practiced our community – among friends, neighbours and family members. Ticks are likely to be present in wooded, tall grass and bushy/brushy areas. Areas such as these are prevalent throughout Burlington, Oakville and Milton! Lyme disease must be detected and treated early or it can have devastating health consequences!
Per Halton Region:
How can I prevent tick bites?
There are several steps you can take to prevent tick bites:
- If possible, avoid known tick environments (such as wooded, brushy or tall grass areas) and stay on trails when outdoors.
- Cover up by wearing long sleeved, light coloured shirts and pants with tightly woven fabric.
- Tuck your shirt into your pants and your pant legs into your socks to keep ticks away from your bare skin.
- Wear shoes that cover your entire foot, avoiding sandals or open shoes.
- Spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin.
- Check your clothing and body for any ticks, especially around the groin, armpits and hairline after spending time outdoors. Carefully remove any ticks found on yourself or a family member and submit them to the Halton Region Health Department for identification.
- Check your pets regularly for ticks as they could carry them inside your home.
- Shower or bathe within two hours or being outdoors to wash away loose ticks.
- After outdoor activity, put clothes in a dryer on high heat for at least 10 minutes to kill any ticks.
If I find a tick on myself or a family member/friend, what should I do?
- If you find a tick on your body, remove it as soon as possible.
- The risk of getting Lyme disease increases with the length of time the tick remains attached.
- If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is extremely low.
Call a local tick control expert/exterminator. Tick and bug control experts will provide you not only treatment for ticks, but also provide tips for reducing your exposure/attraction of ticks to your outdoor areas. Given that they’re attracted to bushy areas, this will include an assessment of your area and how you can “clean up” to mitigate the risk of ticks.
Mosquitoes – we all know they’re out there and nobody likes them while enjoying our home outdoor spaces. Is there anything that can be done? Can they harm us beyond irritating mosquito bites?
Mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus and that’s the case in Burlington & Oakville. Halton Region monitors mosquitoes to determine the level of virus active in the Region.
How to protect yourself from mosquito bites & disease?
Per Halton Region:
Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and shoes when outdoors in the evening or early morning. Use an insect repellent approved by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).
Remove standing water:
Remove or change all standing water around your home to reduce potential mosquito breeding areas.
When it comes to West Nile Virus and mosquitoes, the Region is active in larviciding activity. For your home comfort and mosquito control, nearby mosquito pest control exterminators/experts can help you regain comfort. Call our mosquito control experts now to regain the comfort on your deck, patio or anywhere in and round your home!