‘Workin on it

I wear tick-repellant clothing when I know I am going to be well exposed to ticks, e.g. conducting natural history observations amongst tall grass on the south shore of NS.
Such clothing is recommended by Health Canada when we travel to malaria countries, and is worn by our military but is not registered for sale in Canada.

I have been concerned about ticks/lyme for some time. I maintained a website under the domain name noticks.ca for several years, it is still available at http://versicolor.ca/noticks/ but it has not been updated since mid-2016. It contains info and links to info about preventing tick bites, and about the life history of the black-legged tick.

For a period I campaigned to have tick-repellent, permethrin-treated clothing available in Canada, also permethrin based personal insecticides. The former still has not happened, but Icaridin based personal insect repellents have been available for a couple of years, I believe since 2015. They began to appear in local drugstores in 2017 – at least that’s when I first saw them. They are much more effective and less hazardous than DEET based insect repellents.

Some more recent stuff:

Ticks rising
On aeon.ca, Apr 2, 2018. “In a warming world, ticks thrive in more places than ever before, making Lyme disease the first epidemic of climate change”

Ticks are really digging in on the South Shore
Published May 19, 2018 – 5:00am

Lyme disease continues to affect Nova Scotians
Andrew Rankin for Chr Herald May 28

Public health failing to address Lyme disease crisis, says author
Andrew Rankin for the Chronicle Herald, June 3, 2018

Governor Cuomo Announces Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Control Plan
Albany, NY, May 15, 2018 Thx JMS

Statement for Managing Lyme Disease in Nova Scotia
Infectious Diseases Expert Group (IDEG), Department of Health and Wellness

Reported cases of Lyme disease in Nova Scotia expected to reach new high
Steve Silva for Global News, May 8, 2018

Tale of the Tick: How Lyme Disease is Expanding Northward
by Dave Mance III in Northern Woodlands, March 1, 2008. A very readable description of the life cycle of the black-legged tick and factors affecting its abundance and the occurrence of the microorganism that causes Lyme disease.

Tick Management Handbook (PDF)
“An integrated guide for homeowners, pest control operators, and public health officials for the prevention of tick-associated disease.” (2004)

Managing Ticks on Your Property (PDF).
Prepared by Kirby C. Stafford III, Ph.D. (March 2005) Shorter version of the doc above. The Connecticut Agricultural Exp eriment Station. Unfortunately some of the products suggested are NOT available in Canada.

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