July 19, 2018 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – This week, Dr. Robbin Lindsay, Research Scientist with the Public Health Agency of Canada, is in the Municipality installing the first of 18-20 deer bait stations. The bait stations are part of an innovative tick reduction research project, the largest of its kind in Canada.
“The increasing prevalence of Lyme Disease in our community is a serious concern,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “Our Council believes it’s vitally important for the Municipality to get involved in trying to reduce tick populations, and in educating residents and visitors on the importance of tick checks. We’ve partnered with the Public Health Agency of Canada on the three-year bait station research project, and with Nova Scotia Public Health on an educational campaign.”
“The bait stations will be stocked by September 1, and will target adult tick populations when they become active again in the fall,” explained Dr. Lindsay. “A common myth is that there are no ticks out in the summer, but that’s actually when there is the highest risk for contracting Lyme Disease. The nymphs are most active in the summer, and they’re more difficult to see because of their small size. It’s important to do a daily tick check after coming inside, and every night before bed. It’s one of the most effective ways of preventing Lyme Disease.”
- The bait station program will see bait stations set up in a controlled area of the county, designed to attract and treat deer to reduce or eliminate the population of black legged ticks. The bait station rollers will apply Permethrin to the deer’s ears as they feed from the station, killing the adult ticks. If you’re walking in the woods and come across a bait station, please exercise caution and do not touch the bait station.
- A public education campaign will continue throughout the summer and fall, designed to encourage residents and visitors to conduct daily tick checks.
- Additional signage in parks, outdoor facilities and on trails has been installed to advise users of the presence of ticks in the area.
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