There’s a lot of information out there about ticks, but some of it isn’t as accurate as it could be.
People have a chance to get the facts on ticks when Andrew Hebda, the curator of zoology at the Nova Scotia Museum, comes to town.
“I’ll be sharing information on how ticks make a living,” said Hebda. “There’ll be information on the species around here, and which ones a problematic; that’s really only the black legged tick from the point of view of Lyme disease.
“There’s a lack of basic information on ticks, and a lot of people panic about them because they don’t have the information.”
Hebda will discuss how ticks attach and feed, how disease is spread, and how people can manage ticks and Lyme disease.”
In areas where black-legged ticks and Lyme disease are present, only 20 per cent carry the disease, and in some areas, there can be 40 per cent.”
He said, while the tick is a parasite on animals and people, Lyme disease is a parasite on the tick.
Hebda has been working with ticks since 1995, and often speaks at public events. This year, he has spoken about ticks to search and rescue organizations, fire brigades, veterinary organizations, garden clubs, and the general public
“I like sharing information, so people can bring their questions and their ticks,” he added.
Fundy Veterinarians is hosting the presentation by Hebda at the Cobequid District Fire Hall, 3830 Highway 236, in Lower Truro, on September 24 at 7 p.m.