BEWARE: The County Is A ''HOT SPOT'' For Ticks…
As the weather continues to warm, ticks are once again becoming 'active'. And while it’s true that not all ticks carry Lyme Disease, a bite from an infected black-legged (deer) tick can infect you with the disease. (Lyme Disease bacteria has previously been identified in ticks within the Quinte Region including Prince Edward County and Belleville).
The best protection against Lyme Disease is ‘prevention’. When venturing into wooded or overgrown grassy areas, wear closed-toe shoes, long-sleeved shirts, and pants. Pull your socks over your pant legs. Wear light-coloured clothes which allow you to spot ticks easier. Use an insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin. And before re-entering your residence, do a full-body check for ticks on yourself and your children.
Ticks attach themselves to the skin. Removing them within 24 to 48 hours prevents Lyme infection.
Get into the habit of doing a thorough examination of your dog as well. A dog’s head, neck, and ears are prime tick hiding spots. Ticks are also drawn to the dark, moist areas of a dog’s body like the groin area.
The best way to remove a tick is to use clean, fine-tipped tweezers. Try to grasp the head as close to the skin as possible and slowly pull the tick straight out (do not twist, crush, or puncture). Wash the site of the bite with soap and warm water or disinfect with alcohol or hand sanitizer.
Common signs and symptoms of Lyme Disease in humans include: fever, headache, muscle or joint pains, fatigue, and a skin rash, especially one that looks like a red bull's eye (the rash occurs in approximately 70-80% of infected individuals). You should seek medical attention for any tick bite that you believe has been attached to you for more than 24 hours.
Practicing 'prevention' on a daily basis should ensure both you and your dog have a wonderful 'tick-free' season.
Attention All Dog Park Regulars:
Additional Volunteers Requested
We’re requesting your ideas and direct involvement in order to make our dog park an even better place than it already is.
Projects like ongoing park maintenance and needed improvements don’t just happen on their own.
If you’re a regular dog park user and can spare a few hours a month to lend a hand, please complete the PEDPA Volunteer form immediately below.
With your help, we can continue to make good things happen in our park!