A tick is very small and can range in size from a poppy seed to a small grape (when engorged). They do not jump or fly.
Ticks are normally found in forested areas or areas with long grass, where they attach themselves to humans and animals passing by.
On humans, ticks normally attach to areas such as the groin, armpits, hairline or behind the ears.
If you think the tick is blacklegged or you cannot identify the tick, it can be submitted in clear, dry containers or double Ziploc bags to one of the following locations from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for testing:
|Thorold / St. Catharines||1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way||905-688-8248|
|Fort Erie||1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12||905-871-6513|
|Niagara Falls||5710 Kitchener St.||905-356-1538|
|Welland||200 Division St.||905-735-5697|
|Beamsville (Lincoln)||4800 South Service Rd.||905-563-8205|
Ticks will be identified by Public Health staff within two working days. If a blacklegged tick is identified, staff will consult with you on next steps.
There is no cost for tick identification and testing.
In Niagara, blacklegged ticks have often been found in the Wainfleet bog, Mud Lake in Port Colborne and 12 Mile Creek Trail in St. Catharines. However, it is possible to find blacklegged ticks outside of these areas too. Remember to protect yourself no matter what area you are in.
For more information on Lyme disease, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, visit Health Canada.
Statistics about Lyme Disease in Niagara