Tick removal keys available through Jean Cloutier’s office

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has made tick keys available again this season. Please contact my office at JeanCloutierOtt@Ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2488 to request one.

Alta Vista is lucky to be home to some of Ottawa’s most beautiful natural greenspaces. If you are out in wooded areas or areas of tall grass where ticks are known to inhabit, you need to be aware of the risks of Lyme disease and take appropriate precautions. Be alert, wear an approved bug spray with DEET or icaridin and wear long pants tucked into your socks, to name a few.

Check yourself, family members and pets for ticks when returning from a hike. Pets can get into areas we can’t, especially when we’re not looking, so make sure to check them daily. Your pet will enjoy the extra attention while you keep them healthy.

The prevalence for Lyme disease is increasing in the region and across Canada. It’s important to know how to prevent infection, but also how to recognize the signs and symptoms. Please read the info sheet from OPH below to familiarize yourself with preventative tips and tricks, ways to identify Lyme disease, and what to do if you find a tick.