Interior Health is warning residents across the region of an uptake in tick bites.
IH Disease Specialist Leah Feist says ticks are generally most active from early spring to late fall.
Feist says most tick bites do not cause illness, but some can transmit disease.
The most common tick in the Interior is the wood tick, which can cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Feist says the best way to prevent getting a tick-born-illness is avoid getting bit.
“To do this, we recommend walking on clear trails when possible and wearing a hat, long sleeves and pants tucked into your socks. Wearing light colored clothing also helps so you can spot ticks more easily.”
She adds you should always check yourself and your pet for ticks after returning home.
– Interior Health Disease Specialist Leah Feist