Lyme disease risk rising in Ontario as ticks spread farther in province

[CanLyme Note: Ticks are not only spreading aross southern Ontario, they are spreading in all regions of the province. If you have robins, finches, wrens, etc. you have ticks carrying Lyme and other diseases coming to your area.]

March 21st, 2017 by Laura Bradley, St Thomas Times-Journal

They’re small, hard to see, but they come with a big bite. Black-legged ticks, otherwise known as deer ticks, are spreading across southern Ontario. They’re not just a harmless nuisance but some carry with them the Lyme disease bacteria that can wreak havoc on a person’s body.

As climate change takes an increasing toll on the environment, it’s also creating a breeding ground for the black-legged ticks. Ticks have a complicated life cycle, but they’re able to survive longer with average temperatures that are warmer.

“There is a suggestion that the current geographical range of those ticks could potentially expand in Southern Ontario,” said Andrew Powell, manager …

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