When Are Ticks Most Active?
Ticks are blood-sucking parasites commonly found throughout Canada. Peak tick season for nymphs usually occurs during the spring and summer months, while adults are a threat in the late fall. The pests are usually found in wooded areas that provide ample shade or in areas overgrown with tall grasses. Certain species of ticks are known to transmit harmful diseases, including Lyme disease, to both humans and domesticated animals.
Preventive and Precautionary Measures
Ticks need access to skin in order to effectively bite and latch on to a host. When hiking or walking through areas that are likely to be infested with ticks, individuals should wear long-sleeve shirts and pull their socks over their pant legs to keep the pests off. Residents should also avoid wearing open-toed shoes, such as sandals or flip flops, when spending prolonged time outdoors during tick season. Do a full-body check before reentering the home to ensure no ticks have attached to your body or pets.
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How to Remove a Tick
After a day full of adventuring, playing or relaxing outdoors, the last thing you want to find is a tick sucking up your blood. While these pests don’t present much of a threat to well-built homes with maintained exclusionary measures, they can be found feeding on humans or pets after spending time outdoors in wooded areas. If you find a tick on yourself or your furry friend, it is important to remove it as quickly and safely as possible.
Avoid Painful Pests This Canada Day
Barbeques, fireworks, parades and…bug bites? While each of these activities are perfect for summer celebrations like Canada Day, summertime is also the ideal season for biting and stinging pests to come out in full force. Identifying which of these pests might make an appearance in your backyard can help you take the steps necessary to protect your home – and potential party guests – from their painful bites.
Tick bites frequently produce blisters or rashes on the skin of the victim.