Stay tick safe on (and off) the trails

No matter where you are in the province, tick bite cases have risen significantly over the last five years. Thankfully, there are several things that can be done to reduce this risk and and continue to enjoy being active outside.

According to the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness, checking for ticks is the most important defense against the spread of tick-borne illness. Always remove ticks as soon as they are found to prevent or reduce the risk of infection. Blacklegged ticks must be attached to the skin for at least 36 hours to transmit the bacterial infection that causes Lyme disease.

 

Lyme disease is treatable with antibiotics. The earliest and most common symptom of Lyme disease is a bullseye rash at the site of the bite, although the rash is not always in this shape. Other symptoms include fever, fatigue, muscle aches and headaches. Anyone who has been in areas with long grass, shrubs or woods and has these symptoms should seek medical attention.

Tips to avoid tick bites and Lyme Disease

To avoid ticks, take the following precautions when in areas with long grass, shrubs or woods:

  • Wear light coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks so ticks are more visible
  • Wear enclosed shoes.
  • Pull socks up over pant legs and tuck in shirts.
  • Spray clothing and exposed skin with an insect repellant containing DEET or Icaridin.
  • Check clothing and exposed skin for ticks after working or playing outside and remove any ticks attached to the skin.
  • Check pets thoroughly for ticks after spending time outside.
  • When possible, take a bath or shower within two hours of coming indoors. This makes it easier to find ticks and washes away loose ones.
  • Keep grass well cut to minimize suitable habitat for ticks on your property.
  • Remove ticks as soon as they are found. Carefully grasp ticks with tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pull the tick straight out. Clean and disinfect the area where the tick was attached to the skin.

For more information about ticks, tick-borne diseases, prevention measures, and other resources, please visit www.novascotia.ca/lyme

Public Health Offices in Nova Scotia

If you have additional questions, please contact your local Public Health office:

Amherst
18 South Albion Street
Amherst, NS B4H 2V5
(902) 667-3319, (800) 767-3319

Annapolis Royal
Annapolis Community Health Centre
821 St. George Street
Annapolis Royal, NS B0S 1A0
(902) 532-0490

Antigonish
23 Bay Street, Suite 2N
Antigonish, NS B2G 2G7
(902) 867-4500 x4800

Baddeck
Victoria County Memorial Hospital
30 Old Margaree Road
Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0
(902) 295-2178

Barrington Passage
3695 Highway 3
Barrington Passage, NS B0W 1G0
(902) 637-2430

Berwick
Western Kings Memorial Health Centre
121 Orchard Street
Berwick, NS B0P 1E0
(902) 538-3700

Bridgewater
215 Dominion Street Suite 200
Bridgewater, NS B4V 2K7
(902) 543-0850

Canso
Eastern Memorial Hospital
1746 Union Street
Canso, NS B0H 1H0
(902) 366-2925

Chester
3769 Hwy 3
Chester, NS B0J 1J0
(902) 275-3581

Cheticamp
Sacred Heart Community Health Centre
15102 Cabot Trail
Cheticamp, NS B0E 1H0
(902) 224-2410

Dartmouth
7 Mellor Ave, Unit 5
Dartmouth, NS B3B 0E8
(800) 430-9557, (902) 481-5800

Digby
Digby General Hospital
75 Warwick Street 1st Floor
Digby, NS B0V 1A0
(902) 245-2557

Elmsdale
15 Commerce Court
Suite 150
Elmsdale, NS B2S 3K5
(902) 883-3500

Glace Bay
Senator’s Place
633 Main Street, Ground Floor
Glace Bay, NS B1A 6J3
(902) 842-4050

Guysborough
Guysborough Hospital
10506 Highway 16
Guysborough, NS B0H 1N0
(902) 533-3502

Inverness
Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital
39 James Street
Inverness, NS B0E 1N0
(902) 258-1920

Liverpool
Queen’s General Hospital
175 School Street
Liverpool, NS B0T 1K0
(902) 354-5737

Lunenburg
250 Green Street
Lunenburg, NS B0J 2C0
(902) 634-4014

Meteghan Centre
Clare Health Centre
8559 Highway 1
Meteghan Centre, NS B0W 2J0
(902) 645-2325

Middleton
Soldier’s Memorial Hospital
462 Main Street
Middleton, NS B0S 1P0
(902) 825-3385

Neil’s Harbour
Buchanan Memorial Community Health Centre
32610 Cabot Trail
Neil's Harbour, NS B0C 1N0
(902) 336-2295

New Germany
New Germany and Area Medical Centre
100 Varner Road
New Germany, NS B0R 1E0
(902) 644-2710

New Glasgow
Community Health Centre
690 East River Road
New Glasgow, NS B2H 3S1
(902) 752-5151

New Waterford
New Waterford Consolidated Hospital
716 King Street
New Waterford, NS B1H 3Z5
(902) 862-2204

Port Hawkesbury
708 Reeves Street, Unit 3
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2S1
(902) 625-1693

Sheet Harbour
Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital
22637 Highway 7
Sheet Harbour, NS B0J 3B0
(902) 885-2470

Shelburne
Roseway Hospital
1606 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-2623

Sydney
235 Townsend Street
2nd Floor
Sydney, NS B1P 5E7
(902) 563-2400

Sydney Mines
7 Fraser Avenue
Sydney Mines, NS B1V 2B8
(902) 736-6245

Truro
Colchester East Hants Health Centre
600 Abenaki Road Level 1/Wing B
Truro, NS B2N 0C4
(902) 893-5820

Windsor
Hants Community Hospital
89 Payzant Drive
Windsor, NS B0N 2T0
(902) 798-2264

Wolfville
Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Centre
23 Earnscliffe Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 1X4
(902) 542-6310

Yarmouth
Yarmouth Regional Hospital
60 Vancouver Street, 4th Floor, Building B
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2P4
(902) 742-7141

 

This website was made possible by the generous financial support of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.