Lyme disease posters: Enjoy the outdoors, without a tick

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Enjoy the outdoors, without a tick

Lyme disease is spread by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. These ticks are often found in and near areas with trees, shrubs, tall grass or piles of leaves. Follow these tips when heading outside:

Prevent

  • Use bug spray with DEET or icaridin (always follow directions).
  • Wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and pants.
  • Tuck your shirt into your pants, and your pants into your socks.
  • Walk on paths.

Check

  • Do a daily full body tick check on yourself, your children, your pets and your gear.
  • Shower or bathe as soon as possible after being outdoors.
  • Put your clothes in a dryer on high heat for at least 10 minutes.

Take action

  • Use tweezers to immediately remove attached ticks by slowly pulling them straight out. Try not to twist or squeeze the tick.
  • Wash the bite area with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Contact your health provider if you're not feeling well or if you are concerned after being bitten by a tick.
  • Keep the tick in a closed container and bring it with you if you go see your health care provider.

For more information, visit Canada.ca/LymeDisease

Protect your pets from ticks and Lyme disease

Lyme disease is spread by the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. These ticks are often found in and near areas with trees, shrubs, tall grass or piles of leaves.
The best way to protect your pets against Lyme disease is by avoiding tick bites:

  • Check your pets for ticks after being outdoors. Ticks often attach to the head, neck and ears of dogs and cats.
  • Carefully remove attached ticks immediately with tweezers and wash the bite area with soap and water, or alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Talk with your veterinarian about tick-prevention products for pets and Lyme disease vaccines for dogs.

For more information on how to protect yourself and your pet visit Canada.ca/LymeDisease

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