In 2022, Ontario Health put together an Ontario Lyme disease map, with estimated risk areas. Check it out HERE.
Blacklegged Tick (Deer Tick)
The blacklegged tick, also known as the deer tick, is one of the most common tick species found in Ontario. These ticks are known to carry Lyme disease, which can cause a range of symptoms including fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic bull’s-eye rash.
American Dog Tick
The American dog tick is another common tick species found in Ontario. These ticks are known to carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can cause symptoms such as fever, headache, and rash. They are often found in grassy or wooded areas, and can attach to both humans and pets.
Lone Star Tick
The Lone Star tick is a species of tick found in Ontario that is known to carry several diseases, including ehrlichiosis and tularemia. They are typically found in wooded areas and can attach to both humans and pets.
Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
The Rocky Mountain Wood Tick is another species of tick found in Ontario, known for carrying Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They are typically found in grassy or wooded areas and can attach to both humans and pets.
Protecting Yourself from Tick Bites
With several types of ticks in Ontario, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself from tick bites and the potential health risks they pose. When spending time outdoors, wear long sleeves and pants, use insect repellent, and stay on marked trails. After spending time outdoors, check yourself and your pets for ticks and remove them promptly using tweezers. By taking these precautions, you can reduce your risk of tick bites and the potential transmission of tick-borne illnesses.