Shared: Blacklegged ticks, which can carry Lyme disease, found in Awenda Provincial Park
Public Health Ontario’s Lyme Disease Map, which outlines estimated risk areas where blacklegged ticks have been found, may include North Simcoe next year.
The risk area currently includes Awenda Provincial Park and the surrounding communities of Midland, Penetanguishene, Tiny, Tay and Beausoleil First Nation.
Although it is not known if the ticks found in this area carry Lyme disease, it is important people spending time in grassy areas take appropriate precautions.
Tick dragging was conducted in the spring and fall of this year in Awenda Provincial Park, and blacklegged ticks were found in both seasons. Repeated occurrences of ticks indicate they may be establishing in the area.
“Although ticks tend to be more active…