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6/11/2018 10:00:05 AM

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is warning you to guard against ticks this summer.

Black-legged ticks carry Lyme disease, and last year there were nearly 1,000 cases in Ontario, according to Public Health Ontario.

Manager of Health Protection Shawn Zentner says the best way to prevent tick bites is by covering up.

    Ticks can be found anywhere in Ontario, but are commonly found in wooded areas with tall grass.

Zentner says in addition to long sleeves and pants, you should also use insect repellent and check your body thoroughly for ticks after being outdoors.

    If you are bitten by a tick, remove it right away (see how to video below) and bring it to a public health office.

    At the end of May Public Health had identified about 50 black-legged ticks in our area and predicted that number to continue to rise.

More information on ticks and Lyme disease here.    

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