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The province has a variety of different suggestions farmers can employ to help avoid picking up ticks while out in the field.

Tick season now underway

Provincial health officials say a daily check is critical for farmers, since they’re in easy reach of ticks

Ticks may be unavoidable in farming, but Dr. Richard Rusk, provincial medical officer of health, says getting bitten isn’t. The bloodsucking pests are starting to emerge now that the snow is gone and the province is ramping up its annual public education efforts. The blacklegged tick has once again captured most attention, overshadowing the American

Blacklegged tick risk areas (shown in orange) track the westward spread of the disease-carrying arachnid. The government has warned that the risk of a blacklegged tick biter is greater, but not exclusive to those areas.

Doctors push disease prevention as tick season begins in Manitoba

The bloodsuckers are back and experts are once again 
offering advice on tick-borne disease

Doctors and government are sounding the alarm on tick-borne diseases as the first blacklegged ticks of the season have been discovered in Manitoba. Lyme disease, the illness most associated with the blacklegged tick and a growing villain in the minds of Manitobans, once again tops the province’s tick-related health concerns. Last year saw the highest


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

Beekeepers on front line of tick invasion

Both rural and urban Manitobans should keep a wary eye out for the blacklegged tick as its territory expands


If Kateryn Rochon is a little bit weary by mid-afternoon, it’s no wonder. It’s field season for the University of Manitoba entomologist, who has embarked on a joint mission with the Manitoba Beekeepers Association to better understand tick-borne diseases. That means getting up at the crack of dawn to check traps set the night before,

Take precautions to minimize risks of tick exposure

Blacklegged ticks are known to carry three serious illnesses

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living is reminding Manitobans that tick-borne diseases are completely preventable. People can protect themselves by performing regular tick checks after spending time outdoors, knowing where blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks) are located, minimizing the risk of exposure, and recognizing the signs


American dog tick.

Manitoba arthropod populations expanding

Although rare in Manitoba, bovine anaplasmosis can be spread by wood ticks

They only have eight tiny legs, but ticks are on the move in Manitoba and across the Prairies. “They’re moving north for sure,” said entomologist Kateryn Rochon, noting the arthropods travel with their hosts, including deer, birds, rabbits and other animals. The University of Manitoba professor is tracking the movement of the American dog tick

Warm weather drawing out more humans than ticks

If you’re feeling a little “ticked” this spring you’re not alone. But don’t blame the wee arthropods because they are just doing what they always do, entomologist Kateryn Rochon says. The University of Manitoba professor said ticks are normally active this time of year, and generally become active as soon as the snow melts and

Tick That Can Cause Lyme Disease Making A Home In Manitoba

The odds of picking up a blacklegged deer tick – and contracting Lyme disease – are on the rise in Manitoba. The southeast corner of Manitoba and an area around the Stanley Trail in south-central Manitoba now have established blacklegged tick populations. Surveillance findings suggest they now occupy an area that may stretch from the


Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Are Here – for Sep. 16, 2010

Apopulation of blacklegged ticks may have become established around the Stanley Trail in the Morden area of south-central Manitoba. Blacklegged ticks can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Further sampling to confirm the presence of the ticks in this area will be conducted in the fall. An established blacklegged tick population is present in

Anaplasmosis Outbreak Quiets Down

“We’re not doing active testing right now unless we have a suspicion of the disease.” – DR. DOROTHY GEALE, CFIA An anaplasmosis outbreak in southeastern Manitoba livestock herds is starting to tail off with no new cases reported since earlier this spring. The last confirmed case on April 26 involved a herd of bison in