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Bugs that bite

We’re free at last from winter’s grip and all we can think of is getting out in the garden, on the trail, by the water, enjoying the sun and the warm, fresh air. It's all good for you: good for your physical health and your mental wellbeing. But with the good comes a downside: the outdoors carry some risks for diseases carried by bugs that bite. 

It’s important to take precautions from tick and mosquito bites while enjoying the outdoors.

An image of blacklegged tick.        An image of a mosquito.

Protect yourself and your family 

  • Remove all standing water from your property (bird baths, eaves, wheelbarrows).
  • Use an approved personal repellent (never an insecticide on your body) and follow manufacturer instructions.
  • Cover up in loose, light-coloured clothing and long pants.
  • Do a full body check of yourself, children and pets, if you find a tick remove it immediately.

Both Lyme disease and WNv can cause flu-like symptoms that begin with headaches and achy muscles and joints, fatigue and fever. Lyme disease often comes with the warning of a bulls-eye rash at the site of the bite.

  A bulls eye tick bite. Photo by CDC/James Gathany

 

 

 
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