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March Is Tick Awareness Month

March is Tick Awareness Month

Know your ticks!

Did you know that there are about 900 species of ticks found in the world with about 100 of them residing in North America.  It’s important to know the ticks in your area, to help you avoid them and, in case you’ve been bitten, to help you and your physician identify the potential pathogens the offender may be carrying - really important information to consider when determining an appropriate treatment plan.  

Here are some that reside in Canada and might be near you.

Lone Star Tick 

Infamously known for transmitting the alpha-gal allergy (red meat allergy), these ticks are new to Canada and have already been found in Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.

American Dog tick 

Transmits anaplasmosis,  feline cytauxzoonosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tick paralysis disease, and tularemia. Found in some parts of the Pacific Coast, with widespread prevalence east of the Rocky Mountains to the shores of Nova Scotia.

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

Transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, anaplasmosis, tick paralysis disease and tularaemia. Found in the Rocky Mountain provinces and surrounding areas. 

Groundhog Tick 

Known as the woodchuck tick, this arthropod transmits Powassan virus disease, and is prevalent throughout Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces.

Blacklegged Tick 

AKA the deer tick, this species transmits borrelia burgdorferi and B. mayonii (both of which cause Lyme disease), anaplasmosis, b. miyamotoi disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, tularemia, tick paralysis disease and Powassan virus disease. Though these ticks can be found virtually anywhere throughout Canada, they are most prevalent in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia 

This is the time of year that ticks really start to surface.  Remember that being proactive is much easier than being reactive.  Practice daily tick checks and make sure you are aware of what threats may exist where you are walking.  Stick to trails and try to avoid low brush and shaded grassy areas.

Tick Tip: Use a sticky lint roller on your dog or cat after they come in from outdoors.  Or bring one with you to use during and after your walk. This will help catch the tiny critters that haven’t latched on yet.

Where can you find a take along sticky roller?  Why, in our tick kits of course.

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