The warmer weather is bringing out the pests that many people fear when they go outdoors…ticks! Ticks are those little bugs that can cause big trouble for those who are bitten by these. In fact, many doctors and organizations are warning people throughout Canada and the United States that the tick population is going to be larger this year than it has in the past. What does this mean for you? It means that you need to be protected. More ticks mean that you and your children have a higher chance of attracting these!
Who is at Risk in Canada
According to CanLyme, the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation, the risk for ticks in Canada is throughout the entire area. However, there are those areas that are more at risk than others. For example, there is a higher risk of coming across ticks in the eastern Canada area due to the white-tailed deer that are found here. Tick’s prefer to attach to deer, thus the higher the deer population, the higher the tick population.
Those who work in certain careers are at a higher risk than others. For example:
- Environmental conservation
- Management of park/wildlife
- A beach lifeguard
- Land surveying
In addition, certain recreational activities can have a higher chance of encountering ticks, including:
- Riding horses
- Going hunting
- Fishing from the shore
- Gathering wood if you were to be camping
Basically, any type of outdoor activity does increase your chances of meeting a tick.
How to Protect Yourself and Kids
While the threat of ticks is out there, going outdoors is huge fun for kids and we don’t want to punish kid’s due to the tick threat that may be out there. So, what can you do? There are a few tips that can help protect you and your kids:
- Wear pants and long sleeve shirts
- Try to avoid tall grass and if you do go through this, pull your socks over the pants to stop ticks from having a way to get up the pants.
- You can use insect repellant that has lcaridin or DEET to deflect these ticks.
- Wear light colors, this way you can easily spot a tick if it were to get onto you.
- Daily, check your full body for ticks and remove these if they are found. Be sure to check pets too as they can carry these in!