19 May, 2019 5:30 am
The summer seems to be returning.
And that means ticks and mosquitoes are back too. County Public Health Inspector Kaitlyn Kelly says we can expect to find ticks in most wooded or grassed areas, where people are likely to be hiking through the county. Kelly says if you walk through long grass, there are good chance ticks.
It says, when you come back, that you should do a tick check of the head to the other, on yourself and on your children and your pets.
“Sometimes your hair line, in your ears and around you, is under your arms, inside your belly button, around your waist, at the back of the knees. So here are some of the main areas that you should be checking, but you always want to check all parts of your body because early detection is the best way to prevent Lyme Disease. ”
Kelly says that if a tick is found it should be moved very carefully.
“Use tweezers and cut them fine. Take the tick as close as you can to the surface of the skin, pull it up with constant pressure, even, because you don't want to turn or cut the tick because you don't want to parts & # 39 the mouth cut off and stay in the skin, as this can also cause problems. ”
He says that the area around the tick bite should be cleaned with soap and water or alcohol, and then a container should be ticked and transported to the health unit for identification.
Kelly also notes that a person must be ticked to feed for at least 24 to 36 hours before he starts transferring the bacteria that caused Lyme Disease.
More information on ticks can be found on the huronhealthunit.ca website.