This event again is a good opportunity to inform people about risks around us. We showed various tick species, which are found in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. We explained simple precautions that people can take, such as wearing long clothing, tucking pants into the socks, wearing repellents with DEET or icaridin, and staying on the trail as much as possible. Also, we explained why it is important to take shower or bathe after being in a wooded area (to wash off any ticks that aren't yet attached), and do a full body tick check on yourself, your children and pets.
Forewarned is forearmed!