Tick Watch In Leeds-Grenville

The local health unit is warning residents that black-legged ticks are on the rise.

The nasty little bugs can carry Lyme Disease, which is spread through a bite.

Joan Mays with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit says the group does a sweep of the area throughout the summer.

Mays enjoy the beautiful weather but keep an eye out, ticks prefer to live in humid, wooded areas, and once temperatures rise above 4°C, ticks become active.

"In our entire area we would be considered a higher risk area for getting Lyme Disease. And that would include Lanark."

The Health Unit says some ways to keep yourself protected is to spray bug spray with DEET, as well as wear light coloured clothing, which helps you spot ticks that may have crawled on you.

Mays says that's not all you can do.

"When you go inside it's really important to do that tick check, to get any ticks off that you can see with your eyes."

Last year saw a fourfold increase in the number of people diagnosed with Lyme Disease, from 52 in 2016 to 219 in 2017. Most cases were diagnosed between the beginning of June and the end of August.