Local government | May 6, 2019
The tick population in Ontario is steadily increasing and Mississauga is considered an estimated risk area. With the warm weather here to stay, it’s important to check yourself and pets regularly for ticks.
A tick is a small, blood sucking parasite closely related to a spider. Ticks are crawlers. They don’t jump or fly but quietly wait on long grass or branches to crawl on an unsuspecting person or animal to bite. It is that painless bite that can lead to health concerns for you and your pet. Ticks are often hard to see because they are less than 3 mm or as small as the head of a pin.
Tick populations are increasing in Ontario and there are many varieties, but the one that is a concern is the black-legged tick as they can carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
Lyme disease is a reportable disease in Ontario and Peel Public Health reports on Lyme disease in Peel. Since 2015, there have been over two thousand confirmed human cases of Lyme disease in Ontario.