We have been told that this is going to be an espeically bad year for ticks, and your Muskoka cottage is an easy place to come in contact with ticks. Partially this is because of the proliferation of the white footed mouse, which along with our multitudes of deer, are a preferred host for ticks.
Children’s outdoor play, golf and gardening are some of the riskiest activities for getting lyme disease from ticks, so remember to stay out of long grass and weedy areas. Ticks dry out quickly and so they prefer moist areas.
People who are in the habit of showering immediately after outdoor activities are less likely to get Lyme disease, perhaps because they can check their body and catch any biting ticks before the little critters have had time to transmit the disease to you.
Check your children carefully for tick bites daily.
Make sure you check your pets as well.