Ticks found on Toronto Islands being tested for Lyme disease

Some sure signs that summer is coming in Toronto: warmer temperatures, longer days, more sun, and ticks being tested for Lyme disease.

Toronto Public Health confirmed Tuesday that blacklegged ticks found on Algonquin Island, a part of the Toronto Islands, late Friday are being tested for Lyme disease.

The agency has also started dragging in potential tick habitats in the city, said Toronto Public Health spokesperson Jennifer Veenboer. Dragging is when researchers take a piece of white cloth and drag it through bushy and wooded areas to harvest ticks for testing.

Blacklegged ticks have been found in Rouge Valley, Morningside Park and on Algonquin Island…

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