Ticks are not just something to watch out for when you go camping, they’re here in Winnipeg, too.
Dog ticks have been around forever, but black-legged ticks – the ones that carry Lyme Disease – are fairly new to the city.
Insect Control Manager Ken Nowalsky tells 680 CJOB these ticks have made their way into southern Manitoba just in the past couple of years.
“These ticks are out from April to October, so people need to be cautious and check themselves on a daily basis when they’re into areas where there’s tall grass, in areas where they tend to habitat.”
Nowalsky says he found one in his yard last October. He had the tick tested and it came back positive for Lyme Disease.
The Insect Control boss says at this point there’s nothing the city can do to try to control the black-legged ticks.
As for mosquitoes, trap counts are virtually zero at this point but the city is not taking any chances when it comes to the possibility of the Zika Virus.
Nowalsky confirms testing is being done at the National Virology Lab in Winnipeg to make sure the mosquitoes in our neck of the woods cannot carry the virus.
“All indications are that our species should not be able to transmit it based on similar diseases like malaria, which our mosquitoes are not able to transmit. We’re hopeful but we still have to do the testing.”
Spraying for mosquitoes has not started yet, but the city is working to combat forest test caterpillars by spraying certain neighbourhoods nightly.