As a result of the Health Department’s response to COVID-19, tick submissions will be temporarily suspended.
In the spring and fall of 2018, Halton Region staff members performed tick dragging. This is a method of collecting ticks for the purpose of identifying risk areas where past tick surveillance indicated the potential presence of blacklegged ticks. Based on this surveillance, most of Halton is considered a risk area for Lyme disease (external PDF). However, it’s important to practice proper tick prevention in all areas in Halton where ticks are more likely to be present (wooded, tall grass or brushy areas).
There are several steps you can take to prevent tick bites:
Symptoms of Lyme disease can be different for each person and usually begin within three days to one month after being bitten by an infected tick.
See your doctor or healthcare provider right away if you have been bitten by a tick or develop symptoms consistent with Lyme disease.
Halton Region is gathering information to monitor the types and locations of ticks in Halton.
Identification results can take up to three months after submission. A health inspector will call you with results as they are recieved from Public Health Ontario.
Ticks removed from animals will not be submitted for testing. Please contact your veterinarian to discuss next steps.
Yes, just like humans, Lyme disease can affect pets. Check your pet for signs of ticks or tickbites and if you are concerned that your pet has been bitten, talk to your veterinarian.
The Health Department conducts tick dragging in the spring and fall. This is a method of collecting ticks to identify risk areas where past tick surveillance indicated the potential presence of blacklegged ticks and is the physical collection of blacklegged ticks from suitable tick habitats.