Latest Lyme disease risk map for Nova Scotia
Lyme disease carrying species of ticks, Ixodes scapularis, have been in Nova Scotia for decades
There is no part of the province where you are risk free. This latest risk map … shows areas of greatest risk, moderate risk and lower risk. Because the ticks are transported by birds such as robins, wrens, finches and other birds there is the risk of infected ticks being dropped off in your backyard, local park, school yard, hiking trails, etc. is always present.
Remember, No Tick is a Good Tick, so any tick attachment must be taken seriously because there are many different pathogens ticks can transmit.
How you remove a tick is critical so as to not squeeze the body of the tick which can inoculate you with whatever is in the gut of the tick. Do Not smother the tick with oils, lotion, soap, etc. and Do Not use heat to remove a tick. These methods risk causing the tick to vomit into you or defecate onto you. Proper tick removal tools are a must, order yours.