July 18/13 – Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Borrelia Burgdoferi bacteria

We fly from various fields in Niagara. All ticks so far I have seen in our flying locations are dog ticks which do not carry lyme disease. But one can not just assume. Be prepared. Read below.

Ticks are tiny bugs the size of a sesame seed. They do not fly.

They are found on the ground, on tall grass and bushes and they attach themselves to animals and humans passing by.

Blacklegged ticks can carry bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Lyme disease is not spread from person to person.

Protect Yourself from Tick Bites

  • Dress in light coloured clothing to easily spot ticks
  • Wear clothing that covers arms and legs when walking in grass areas. Tuck in loose clothing and wear shoes that cover the entire foot.
  • Spray insect repellent that contains DEET on exposed skin and clothing. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions
  • Check yourself and your child’s skin for ticks after outdoor activity. Pay special attention to areas such as the groin, scalp and armpits. Tick bites are usually painless, so you will will likely not feel the tick.
  • Cut your grass and dispose of leaf litter where ticks can live