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Blacklegged Tick Information

Background

blackleggedtickanddimeNova Scotia has many types of ticks. However, the blacklegged tick carries Lyme disease which can be contracted by humans. Blacklegged Ticks (aka deer ticks) are smaller than dog or wood ticks and have no white markings on the large part of their bodies.

The Provincial Government Department of Health Promotion and Protection (HPP) has developed a very informative brochure on lyme disease and protecting yourself from tick bites. There is also additional information on the HPP website, including a copy of its Tick Borne Diseases Response Plan.  The Federal Government also has a very comprehensive website

HRM is now participating in a Federal research study – the first of its kind in Canada.  It was launched in Fall 2010 to help reduce the risk of Lyme disease. Deer Treatment Systems have been set up using pesticides to kill Blacklegged Ticks on white-tailed deer in the areas of Bedford (Admiral’s Cove Park/Magazine Hill) as well as Lunenburg. The project will help determine if the systems are economical and efficient and will be in place when ticks are active – early October to mid-December/ late March through to end of June.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Study

An informational mailout is being sent to residents in the area of the Admiral's Cove project site of the Federal research study being conducted by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

 

What Should I do if I find a Blacklegged Tick?
Drop off any ticks you find on people or pets to the Museum of Natural History in Halifax - unless you know they are dog or wood ticks. This will help the Province track the spread of infected Blacklegged ticks in the area.

Place the tick in a clean, sturdy pill bottle or film canister; Add a damp tissue to keep the tick fresh; Tap the lid shut firmly; Include your name, phone number and details about when and where the tick was found.

Museum of Natural History
1747 Summer Street
Halifax, NS B3H 3A6

 

Media Coverage

No spraying for ticks - Metro, July 2, 2010


Bedford park to be sprayed to fight ticks - Chronicle Herald, June 10, 2010

Park to be sprayed for ticks - Metro, June 10, 2010