Because of our mild winter this year, the tick season has already started just south of the Canadian border. That means it probably is here in Ontario and Quebec right now. Ticks are insects whose bite can cause Lyme Disease. And getting this can be life altering in a very bad way.
The picture, from the Pediatric Associates of Conneticut shows what these nasty little creatures look like.
And for people living in the Ottawa Ontario area, be warned, deer ticks and deer go together! And there is an abundance of deer in our area. So be wary of their habitat right now. If there are deer in your area, or even in your backyard, you are in Tick Country!
If you go hiking in the woods, stay on the trails, keep out of tall grass and use an insect repellent with DEET. Yup, I said it, use DEET. When hiking, wear long pants, with your pant bottom tucked into your socks, and put your Muskol right on your clothing, as well as exposed skin.
After being in suspect areas, check for the ticks, and beware of the Lyme disease rash, shaped like a bull’s eye. It may not always be this shape, nor will a rash always appear. And that can make it hard to diagnose.
So in a nut shell:
I love the outdoors, but you do have to be aware of the risks.