As snow and outdoor activities are merging, Interior Health is reminding residents who need ticks.
Ticks are small insects, the size of a sesame seed, which feeds on the blood of humans and animals and, sometimes, transmits diseases.
Ticks are frequent throughout the country. Inside it is normally found in the high grass and in the wooded areas. They are easier to observe a person or a pet when they are really looking for blood.
The spots of the spots enter the skin, they bite, they remove blood and then they leave. The mouth of the food is under the skin, but the later parts will be extended. When they are full of blood, they usually have a blue-gray color. This is called a fattened tick.
The general symptoms of infections transmitted by a tick include fever, headache, muscle pain and rash.
Species of ticks that are most commonly found in the inner health region, including Kamloops, are wood ticks (Dermacentor andersoni). Wooden ticks do not carry bacteria from Lyme disease; nevertheless, they can bring other diseases, such as the spotted fever of the Rocky Mountains.
Oxygen ticks (Ixodes pacificus or Ixodes angustus) are the species that transmit Lyme disease. They are more frequent throughout the coast of the coast, but may be present in some areas of internal health.
While less than one percent of Ixodes at B.C. Take Lyme disease, it is important to recognize the symptoms.
In addition to fever, headache and muscle pain, people infected with Lyme disease often develop a rash that looks like the goal of a "bull's eye" that expands from the site of the bite.
Some ticks can release toxins that can cause temporary muscle weakness and paralysis if it is allowed to connect for several days. When the tick is removed, the symptoms are erased.
What to do
It is important to eliminate the ticks of people and pets. To do this, put on gloves and use the nose clamps to gently grab the tick on the skin. Remove the character directly without tightening it. After removing it, clean the area with soap and water.
If the tick is alive (live ticks can be tested for Lyme disease), you can store it in a sealed container with a cotton swab in water. Write the date of the bite to the container.
If you have problems or need help to remove a tick, contact your doctor or visit a medical clinic.
Although most tick bites are harmless, it is important to monitor the signs of illness and consult your doctor as soon as possible if you notice an eye rash or other symptoms. If you have saved the cart, bring it to your medical appointment.
Various precautions can be taken to prevent tick bites and tick-related diseases. For example, you should:
• Walk along clean trails when in high grass or wooded areas;
• Cover with a hat, long sleeves and pants;
• Bring light colored clothing to help you easily detect ticks;
• Place your legs with socks or boots;
• Apply insect repellent containing DEET to uncovered skin;
• Check the garments and the scalp (covered or not) when leaving a zone where the ticks can live. Ask someone to help you check areas that are difficult to access;
• Take a shower after returning from the areas where the ticks can live;
• Regularly check pets for ticks.
To help keep your ticks away from home and garden, you can:
• Keep the lawn short and remove the leaves and fallen weeds;
• Keep a buffer zone, such as a wooden chip or a gravel boundary, between the lawn area and the wooded areas or the stone walls. Any game team or play area should stay away from the wooded area;
• Cut the branches of the trees to allow more sunlight in your garden;
• Keep wooden piles and bird feeders out of the house;
• Extend and maintain routes to your property.
For more information, visit the HealthLinkBC ticks bite page by clicking here.