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Modifying Your Landscape - Lyme Disease

CISSS de la Montérégie-Centre

Blacklegged ticks, or Ixodes scapularis, are vectors for Lyme disease in Québec. They are primarily found in heavily wooded areas and the overgrown areas between woods and open spaces. The ticks hold onto plant stems and climb onto passing people or animals. Ticks do not jump and do not drop from trees. There are fewer ticks in ornamental vegetation and grassy areas. In lawns, most ticks are found fewer than 3 metres from the outside edge of the lawn, particularly along woodlands and ornamental plantations.

If you live in a tick-infested area, following are a few precautions you can take to reduce tick habitat near your home.