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After a long winter, it is time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with as many fun-filled recreational activities as possible. Whatever your plans may be, it is important to protect you and your family from mosquito and tick bites.

West Nile virus is an illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes need water to breed, so clean up areas around your property where rainwater can collect.

Lyme disease is an illness spread by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Check your family and pets for ticks after outdoor activities. Removing a tick within 24-36 hours reduces the changes of Lyme disease infection. Place the tick in a container and take it to your local health unit or health care provider.

To protect you and your family from both mosquitoes and ticks, remember to:

  • use bug spray with DEET and read and follow instructions
  • wear light-coloured long sleeved shirts and pants

And if you experience any health symptoms, contact your health care provider. 

For more information on West Nile virus and Lyme disease, please refer to our A to Z listing.

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