Ticks and Lyme Disease
The Brant County Health Unit collects ticks and sends them to for testing of Lyme Disease and other diseases.
Lyme Disease is an infection resulting from a bite from an infected blacklegged (deer) tick. Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. Blacklegged ticks are found in areas of Southern Ontario, including:
- Long Point Provincial Park
- Turkey Point Provincial Park
If you find a tick on yourself or a family member, follow these steps to remove it and bring it to the Brant County Health Unit to be sent for testing:
- Remove the attached tick with tweezers (grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull straight out).
- Wash your hands and apply antiseptic ointment to the bite area.
- Write down the date and place where tick was most likely picked up and where on your body it bit you.
- Place the tick in a container and bring it to the Health Unit (194 Terrace Hill St., Brantford.)
Lyme Disease is a reportable disease and must be reported to your local Medical Officer of Health under the Health Promotion and Protection Act.
- Cover feet, arms and legs with closed-toe shows, and light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Tuck pant legs into socks.
- Apply bug spray with DEET or Icaridin on skin and clothing (put on bug spray after applying sunscreen).
- After you get home from the outdoors, check yourself, family members, and pets for ticks right away.
- Have a shower or bath within two hours of being outdoors.
If you feel sick or notice any of the following symptoms after being bitten by a tick, see your doctor and tell them you were bitten.
- Circular red rash around the bite
- Swollen glands
- Dry cough
- Joint pain
- Muscle aches
- Stiff neck