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Posted on: June 15, 2017

Residents and visitors asked to be vigilant for ticks

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Lloydminster, AB/SK – Warmer weather in the Lloydminster region has come with an increased presence of ticks in parks and green spaces.

“Tick season is identified as early spring to early October,” said Alan Cayford, Director, Operations. “We encourage residents and visitors to enjoy our parks and green spaces, while remaining vigilant for ticks, particularly when traveling through tall grass, brush and wooded areas.”

While most ticks do not pose a significant health risk, it is important to remove a tick immediately to minimize risk of infection or diseases. Approximately 94 per cent of ticks found in Saskatchewan are the American dog tick, which are not capable of transmitting Lyme disease to people; however, it is still important that precautionary measures are taken when traversing outdoor areas likely to harbour ticks.

Precautionary measures include:

  • Wear pants, long-sleeved shirts and shoes that protect your feet.
  • Pull socks over your pant legs.
  • Wear light-coloured clothes so ticks can be seen easily.
  • Use insect repellents that contain DEET or Icaridin.
  • Apply repellent to clothes as well as skin.
  • Always read and follow the directions.
  • Shower or bathe within two hours of being outside to wash off loose ticks.
  • Do full-body tick checks on yourself, children and pets.

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