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blacklegged male and female ticks
Male blacklegged tick (left) and the larger female blacklegged tick (right).
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Lyme disease alert

Identifying blacklegged ticks

BY SUSIE STRACHAN
Winnipeg Health Region
Published Friday, May 25, 2012

Manitobans can take the following precautions to reduce the risk of coming into contact with blacklegged ticks while enjoying the outdoors:

  • Limit contact with tall grass or other vegetation along wooded areas and stay to the centre of hiking trails or paths;
  • Wear light-coloured clothing to make it easier to see ticks climbing on your clothing;
  • Wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt in tall-grass habitats or wooded areas where ticks are most commonly found;
  • Tuck your shirt into pants and your pants into socks to prevent ticks from attaching to the skin;
  • Apply an appropriate repellent (it should say ‘tick repellent’ on the container) on clothing and exposed skin after reading and following instructions for use;
  • Inspect yourself, children, and pets for ticks and remove them as soon as possible;
  • Keep grass well mowed to help reduce the amount of habitat suitable for ticks.
  • Take a bath within two hours of returning home and do a complete and thorough check for attached ticks.
  • If possible, put your outdoor clothing into the dryer for 10 minutes on high heat as this will quickly kill ticks hiding in your clothing.

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