Warmer weather means ticks are out

Now that the snow has melted, everything is starting to wake up, and it's not just the plants. Blacklegged ticks are out in record numbers in Manitoba. These ticks can carry Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis.

The Province of Manitoba website has information about blacklegged ticks including a map of the known tick population areas:

http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/tickborne/about.html

http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/tickborne/surveillance.html

Blacklegged ticks are found in wooded, forested areas where they live in low-lying vegetation. 

Here are to protect your family and pets this tick season:

http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/tickborne/prevention.html

Educate yourself and others, then get outside and enjoy our beautiful province!

(L-R) THE BLACKLEGGED TICK LARVA, NYMPH, ADULT FEMALE AND ADULT MALE. // PHOTO: CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH