If you think you have found a black-legged tick on yourself, a family member or friend, and would like it identified, go to etick.ca. If you have trouble accessing this service, please contact the NWHU for assistance.
Fast removal of ticks will help to prevent infection.
Follow these tips to remove ticks:
- Grasp the tick with tweezers as close to the skin as possible.
- Pull it straight out, gently but firmly.
- Don't squeeze the tick.
- Don't put anything on the tick or try to burn it off.
- Wash the area with soap and water once removed.
If the blacklegged tick was attached for more than 24 hours, AND from Kenora, Rainy River or the areas surrounding these municipalities, consider visiting a health care provider within 72 hours of removing the tick.