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Residents Urged to Take Precautions as Tick Season Hits the GTA

Mississauga – As temperatures rise and the days grow longer, residents across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are being reminded to guard themselves and their pets against ticks as tick season reaches its peak.

Ticks, small blood-sucking parasites often found in grassy and wooded areas, pose a potential health risk to both humans and animals. With the potential to transmit diseases such as Lyme disease, it’s crucial for residents to take preventive measures to minimize the risk of tick bites.

According to Public Health Ontario, the black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick, is of particular concern in the region. This species of tick can carry bacteria, parasites, and viruses that can be transmitted through their bite, potentially leading to serious health implications such as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, and Powassan.

To help residents protect themselves and their furry companions, public health officials are recommending the following precautions:

1. Wear Protective Clothing: When venturing into areas where ticks may be present, wear long-sleeved shirts, long-legged pants, and light-colored clothing to make it easier to spot ticks.

2. Stay on Cleared Trails: Stick to cleared trails when hiking or walking in grassy or wooded areas to minimize contact with vegetation where ticks may be lurking.

3. Perform Regular Tick Checks: After outdoor activities, thoroughly check yourself, your children, and your pets for ticks, paying close attention to hidden areas such as underarms, ears, and hair.

4. Consult a Veterinarian: Pet owners are encouraged to consult with their veterinarian about tick prevention options for their furry companions, especially if they frequent areas with high tick populations.

5. Maintain Your Yard: Keep your yard well-maintained by mowing the lawn regularly, removing tall weeds, and clearing brush or leaf litter where ticks may thrive.

6. Promptly Remove Ticks: If you find a tick attached to your skin or your pet’s skin, use fine-tipped tweezers to remove it promptly. Clean the bite area and your hands thoroughly afterward.

7. Seek Medical Attention if Necessary: If you suspect you’ve been bitten by a black-legged tick and may be at risk of Lyme disease or other tick-borne illnesses, consult your healthcare provider for appropriate treatment and monitoring.

By following these precautions, residents can reduce the risk of tick bites and enjoy the outdoors safely during tick season.

For more information on tick prevention and identification, residents can visit the Public Health Ontario website or contact their local public health department.

Stay safe, GTA!

Kelly

Kelly Deschamps is the dedicated City Hall Reporter, bringing forth the pulse of municipal affairs with precision and clarity. With an astute eye for detail and a passion for uncovering the stories that shape urban life, Deschamps delivers comprehensive coverage of local governance. For inquiries or feedback, contact Kelly at kelly.deschamps@gtaweekly.ca

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