Tick season is in full swing across Ontario. Public health officials are now warning residents of high-risk Lyme disease areas. Ticks in Ontario have been multiplying this year and some cities have seen it worse than others. 

Public Health officials have announced that black-legged tick numbers have more than doubled in London, Ontario since 2019.

According to the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU), 2020 recorded 95 black-legged ticks from January to July, compared to 43 during those same months in 2019.

Due to this, both London and Middlesex County are now Lyme disease hot spots. 

MLHU is working to spread awareness in order to prevent infection. They recommend the use of bug spray to dissuade the pests from latching onto you.

But this isn't the only area. Most of the province has favourable conditions for deer ticks to live in, Public Health Ontario (PHO) reports.

This is because of the plentiful bushy and wooded areas, which they love.

According to a map released by PHO, areas such as Kingston, Mississauga and Hamilton are also considered to be high-risk areas for Lyme disease. 

Turkey Point and Niagara are also places where you should be on the lookout for these pests. 

However, it is good to note that these bugs are more likely to be encountered in nature instead of in paved spaces.

"If there are no wooded or brushy areas present within a section of the indicated risk area (for example, a parking lot), it is expected that blacklegged ticks will not be present," PHO wrote.

If you do find a tick on you, it is important to remove it with tweezers as soon as possible. 

"Removing ticks within 24 hours usually prevents Lyme disease infection," says MLHU.

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