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Discussion: Ticks

in: Super; Super > 2016-09-14

Sep 15, 2016 1:07 AM # 
Didn't realize they were becoming such a big deal in Burlington.
Sep 15, 2016 2:03 AM # 
Need to me, never experienced any here (yet).
Sep 15, 2016 2:45 AM # 
I've heard several trail runners talk about finding them in the Hamilton to Niagara region and also in the Rouge Valley. The Lake Ontario shoreline is a big welcome mat to migrating birds so it would make sense if people are starting to see them more regularly in Burlington. I attended a presentation last year where the professor suggested that even in Caledon, we should check ourselves daily from mid-April to mid-October.
Sep 15, 2016 3:08 AM # 
I've never seen one in my life here or anyplace else. I'm vaguely aware of their territory expanding and in a recent chat with our vet I got the impression that maybe it was becoming more of a local issue. I may be misinformed, but that's how I've wound up thinking about ticks on runs around Burlington. Bug spray has never been part of my routine, in part because I have no physical reaction to a mosquito bite.

Funny story. My mother in law pulled a tick off of either herself or their dog, but wasn't 100% sure it was a tick. So in order to safely keep it and make the ID later she dropped it in a bottle of water and went on with her day. In comes my father in law a few minutes later, parched from some work outdoors. He sees the water and drinks the whole thing, tick and all. So far no ill effects.
Sep 15, 2016 4:53 AM # 
LOL! The only tick I've picked up was in Nova Scotia and it wasn't a deer tick. 'Bent got a deer tick while orienteering near Ottawa, which is a Lyme hot spot. There's no harm in being cautious since you can get Lyme anywhere in Ontario. I just found the June 2016 risk map. It's a little biased since I'm sure they only do drag sampling if they expect to find some ticks.

Our vet has also been finding more ticks and hearing about more positive disease tests in recent years. There was even a tick with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever near Orangeville. Stupid birds. ;)

Even when running in areas where Lyme is endemic, I rarely use bug spray. If it's as ineffective on ticks as it is on mosquitoes, then it's not worth getting DEET on me and my stuff. I did treat my socks and calf sleeves with permethrin once while racing in a really bad area but I wasn't keen about working with the chemicals so I haven't done it again. I'm super cautious about doing a tick check and long shower post-race and for each of the next few days, and I keep clothing and shoes separate from other things until I can do a thorough check and cleaning. When we travel to ticky places, we take amoxicillin just in case.

Bender wrote this in his log after winning the Eco Endurance Challenge in Nova Scotia:
- Total number of ticks found during race: 1
- Total number of ticks found at finish line: 5
- Total number of ticks found in bag two days after returning home and allowed to fester and stew unattended in garage: 1
Sep 15, 2016 11:11 AM # 
Doxycycline, not Amoxicillin btw. Stoooopid ticks.
Sep 15, 2016 11:53 AM # 
I've seen 4 or 5 ticks on me or the kids while in Short Hills in St Catharines, but no bites. I've found 2 on myself after being in Puslinch in Cambridge. One of those was a bite. None in Burlington yet. If they are in Cambridge, they must be here too.
Sep 15, 2016 11:58 AM # 
Ok, thanks for the map. I won't worry about the deet so much. It's a kids version so a low concentration, but it smells fruity and I don't like it even if it's an improvement. I may spray it on the BSMT boys though.
Sep 15, 2016 12:22 PM # 
As long as it doesn't clash with their cologne.
Sep 15, 2016 1:45 PM # 
I think you mean musk.

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