As Chair of Board of Health, I would like to thank all residents for their interest in tick kits and preventing the spread of Lyme Disease. Unfortunately, due to such high demand, my office is out of stock of Tick Kits and will not be replenishing.
The OPH Tick Kits included a Tick Key and important information from OPH which is also available here – www.OttawaPublicHealth.ca/LymeDisease
Tick Keys are available for purchase and have been seen for sale at outdoor stores, pet/veterinary clinics and Parks Ontario stores. OPH has advised that you can remove ticks with tweezers and to follow the below instructions.
- Using tweezers or a “Tick Key”, grasp the tick’s head as close to the skin as possible and pull slowly until the tick is removed. Do not twist or rotate the tick. Do not use a match, lotion or anything else on the tick.
- Wash the bite site with soap and water
- If the tick has bitten a human, and you would like to get it testedas part of Ottawa Public Health’s tick monitoring, you can find more testing information below.
- If you don’t want to have the tick tested, you can dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet