Tick information session coming to Hillier

Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health has a regular newsletter and they include some terrific information.

Thought I’d share this article on ticks.

Did you know that blacklegged ticks can transmit Lyme disease?

These ticks become active when the temperature rises above zero. They live in cool, wooded areas with brush and high grass. Enjoy the outdoors this summer, but take the following steps to protect yourself and your family: use bug spray with DEET or Icaridin (always follow directions); wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and pants; tuck your shirt into your pants, and your pants into your socks; stay on paths or trails and out of long grasses or brush; do a daily full body tick check on yourself, your children, your pets and your gear; shower or bathe within two hours of being outdoors; and put your clothes in a dryer on high heat for at least 10 minutes.

If you are bitten by a tick: use clean fine tipped tweezers to pull the tick straight out; wash the bite area thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer; if it has been attached for less than 24 hours, risk is very low.

Watch for signs and symptoms of Lyme disease. If it is attached for more than 24 hours, contact your health care provider to determine if treatment is required. Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is only accepting ticks that are taken off human hosts in areas north of Highway 7.

However, if you would like to identify a tick, a photo can be sent to www.etick.ca This website is a “citizen science project”.

eTick.ca invites the public to participate in the monitoring of ticks in Canada by submitting tick photos on eTick.ca for identification by a professional. The identification results, combined with other data such as collection date and locality can then be consulted and mapped so that all users may visualize the information related to any/all species for any given year and/or geographical area.

Ticks & Lyme Disease Presentation – Hillier Town Hall A rise in ticks across the country means a rise in the risk of contracting Lyme disease. Public Health will offer a presentation and information session on the prevalence of ticks, how to avoid attracting them, what to do if bitten, Lyme disease symptoms, etc. This presentation will take place Tues., June 25th at Hillier Town Hall at 9:30am. Refreshments will be provided. This session is free and open to all. We need 15 people to register for this event or we’ll have to cancel so register today at 613-476-7493.

Tag Day – June 21st and 22nd Prince Edward Community Care volunteers will be stationed throughout Picton, Bloomfield, Consecon, Rossmore and Wellington to sell tags in support of programs to help seniors live at home. Please give generously.

To volunteer as a tagger for 2 hours please drop by the office at 74A King Street, Picton or call 613-476-7493. www.communitycareforseniors.org