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