Tips for avoiding ticks

Information taken from Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living

  • Perform daily tick checks, particularly after spending time in areas with known blacklegged tick populations.
  • Remain on paths and away from long grass.
  • Wear appropriate tick repellant.
  • Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed-toe shoes.
  • Tuck pants into socks.
  • Wear light colours to more easily detect ticks.
  • Check clothing and other items for ticks.
  • Bathe soon after coming indoors to easily check for ticks.
  • Check pets for ticks.

Landscaping advice for preventing tick bites

  • Install a mulch, rock or gravel border between a yard and any surrounding woods.
  • Limit habitat for tick carriers such as mice.
  • Keep woodpiles and other tick habitat away from the house.
  • Mow lawn and prune trees and shrubs frequently.
  • Keep playsets away from bushes or woods.
  • Avoid ground-hugging plants in often-used areas.

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Alexis Stockford

Alexis Stockford is a journalist and photographer with the Manitoba Co-operator. She previously reported with the Morden Times and was news editor of  campus newspaper, The Omega, at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. She grew up on a mixed farm near Miami, Man.

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