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Get Out and Enjoy the Warm Weather! (But watch for ticks!)

The warm weather is finally upon us! That means more time outside, hopefully more time to be outside, and the lush, beautiful foliage all along the Thames Valley Trail.  But where there is foliage, especially tall grasses, the season also means we must watch for ticks!

 

The Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation's website has loads of information about ticks, lyme disease prevention, and diagnosis.  For example, did you know it's a myth that lyme disease always presents with a rash?  

 

According to the Foundation, here are 5 Tick Habitat Precautions:

 
  1. Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Tuck your pants into your socks to prevent ticks from getting inside your pants.

  2. Check your clothes for ticks often. Ticks will climb upwards until they find an area of exposed skin.

  3. Wear light coloured clothing to make it easier to spot ticks.

  4. Walk on pathways or trails when possible staying in the middle. Avoid low-lying brush or long grass.

  5. Apply insect repellent to your skin and clothing, especially at the openings such as ankle, wrist and neck.

Check out the website for more information (click the green text above!).  You can even order a Tick Removal Kit, just in case.​

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