The Black Legged tick that can carry the bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) that causes Lyme disease is present in the province of New Brunswick. As a result, we would like to provide some information on preventing exposure to ticks while hiking in the park.
Prevention is the best way to reduce your chance of exposure to tick bites and potentially Lyme disease.
Ways to Prevent Tick Exposure
- Wear light coloured clothing.
- Wear long pants and tuck pant legs into socks.
- Wear long sleeved shirts that fit tightly around the wrists.
- Use insect repellents containing DEET.
- Avoid hiking through heavy brush, stick to trails, and stay out of long grass.
- After outdoor activities complete a total body tick check and carefully remove any attached ticks (please refer to Health Canada link below for direction on safe removal of attached ticks).
- Shower within two hours of being outdoors.
- Place all outdoor clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes.
What to Do If You Are Bitten By a Tick
- Use clean tweezers to grasp the ticks head as close to the skin as possible, carefully pull straight out.
- If you cannot remove the tick or a mouth piece breaks off consult your healthcare provider.
- Wash tick bites with soap and water or disinfect with alcohol hand sanitizer.
Early Signs and Symptoms of Lyme Disease (Typically occur within 3 to 30 days of exposure)
- Rash – shaped like a bull’s eye
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Muscle and joint aches
It is important to identify this disease early. If you experience any of these symptoms please consult your health care provider. Please visit Health Canada for further information on the identification, removal of ticks, and symptoms.