What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is a bacterial disease that is caused by a latched-on tick bite. When white-tail deer enter into woods, lawns or gardens, ticks follow.
Where are ticks found?
Ticks begin to appear in the warmer months of the year beginning in March-May. Ticks like to hide under leaves, seeking warmth, in the garden, or in the woods on trails. They do not fly or jump; but they do climb from the ground up.
For this reason, outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to wear [bright] long-sleeve clothing while hiking, spray tick repellents along their ankles and perform thorough tick-checks after long periods of outdoor activity.
The number of reported Lyme Disease cases in Canada is on the rise; beginning at 144 cases in 2009 and jumping to 917 cases in 2015.
Black-legged ticks are most commonly found in these Canadian regions:
Symptoms of Lyme Disease
Most individuals will experience a fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, and swollen glands – often confused with signs of the flu. Lyme Disease can often be misdiagnosed for this reason.
Note For Gardeners
Because deer are the favored hosts of ticks in North America, DeerbustersCanada.ca suggests that homeowners install a deer fence around their yard to keep deer away from yards. Not only will deer fencing protect crops from deer damage, but it is proven to reduce the risk of Lyme Disease by 97%!
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