Cut your grass and clean up if you don't want ticks on your property

Keep your grass cut short and get rid of any debris.

That's how you can reduce the amount of ticks on your property.

Niagara's Public Health Unit has identified several areas in Niagara as high risk area for ticks.

The at-risk areas include, Point Abino in Fort Erie, the Wainfleet Bog, Mud Lake and Rotary Park in St. Catharines.

Peter Jekel, Niagara Region Public Health manager in environmental health tells CKTB residents can keep their grass cut short, and depose of any leaf, litter or debris to avoid ticks on their property.

He says ticks can't survive in the heat of the sun without shelter.

Jekel says a ticks' life span is two years, so if we don't get a very cold winter they can survive two seasons and female ticks can lay several thousand eggs at a time.

Several months ago the city of Hamilton was declared a Lyme disease risk area, after several blacklegged ticks were found at Christie Lake Conservation Area.

For more details on ticks in Niagara, and how to identify the different varieties go to public health's website at niagararegion.ca

If you find a tick on you, you can also submit it to the region for analysis to determine if it is a blacklegged or a deer tick which can carry Lyme disease.