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Friday, October 07, 2022

How to Protect Yourself During Tick Season in Saskatchewan | Nation World News

It’s that time of year again when Saskatchewan residents are reminded to watch out for ticks over the next few months.

How to Protect Yourself During Tick Season in Saskatchewan | Nation World News

The government of Saskatchewan is warning residents to exercise caution when spending time outside because tick season typically runs from mid-April to late July.

The government shared in a release Wednesday that the most common tick found in Saskatchewan is the American dog tick.

According to the government, this particular species cannot transmit Lyme disease to people and the risk of exposure to the disease in the province is low.

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However, black-legged ticks carrying Lyme disease can be found in Saskatchewan, but in rare cases. The province says they are introduced by migratory birds in early spring and remain active throughout the fall.

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“People should be vigilant and check for ticks on themselves, their children and their pets when they are outside,” said Dr. Julie Krizanowski, Saskatchewan’s chief deputy medical health officer. “Taking precautions against ticks is the best way to reduce the risk of tick bites.”

The province has recommended several tick tips for people to keep in mind when exploring Saskatchewan this spring and summer.

To prevent tick bites, people are encouraged to wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be easily seen and fully covered clothing, including pants, long-sleeved shirts, and shoes that do not expose bare feet. Huh.

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Outdoor entertainers are also advised to pull their socks over the legs of their pants to prevent ticks from crawling on their legs, and to use insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin.

If a tick is attached to the skin or to your pet, experts say to carefully remove the insect with fine-tweezers and hold the tick’s mouth parts as close to the skin as possible. The tick should then be pulled up and out slowly with a firm, steady pressure.

People are reminded not to squeeze, crush, or puncture the tick’s body after removal, and not to apply Vaseline, gasoline, or other harmful substances during tick placement.

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The government is offering residents an opportunity to submit photos of ticks found on humans or animals using its eTick online system. Ticks should be kept in a secure container until detection results are obtained.

Officials recommend placing the ticks in a bag and placing them in the freezer for 24 hours so that they can be euthanized.

According to the government, there were 969 ticks identified in Saskatchewan in 2021, 15 of which were blacklegged ticks. The province says nine were submitted for testing and none of them tested positive for the Lyme disease bacteria.

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