City starts tick dragging in parks - Ottawa - CBC News

By Jennifer Chevalier, CBC News Ottawa, June 29, 2017

Ottawa Public Health started tick dragging in city parks on Wednesday in order to test the bugs they catch for Lyme disease.

Large squares of fleecy cloth are taped to a pole and then brushed over grass and wooded areas. "The ticks will actually cling to the cloth as we drag it over the grass," said Kristen MacNeil, a public health inspector who volunteers with the Lyme disease monitoring and surveillance program.

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