Sask residents urged to watch for ticks this fall


The Saskatchewan ministry of Health is urging Saskatchewan residents to remain vigilant for ticks on themselves and pets this fall.

Blacklegged ticks are rare in Saskatchewan, but remain active throughout the fall and are found in tall grass and brush.

In Saskatchewan, any ticks found in the fall are likely blacklegged ticks, which can cause Lyme disease.

The risk is low for contracting Lyme disease but not zero.

Precautionary measures include insect repellant and check yourself and pets for ticks.

In the first 8 months of the year, etick received one thousand, 63 valid tick submissions, of which 11 were blacklegged ticks, the remainder are American dog ticks.

American dog ticks are active from April to the end of July and not capable of transmitting Lyme disease to people.


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