Lyme Disease & Ticks
Submit a tick for identification
Tick testing sample kits can be picked up year round at any of the Municipal Service Centres with the exception of City Hall or offices for Public Health Services, 110 King St. West, 2nd Floor, Hamilton
You can now take a picture of a tick found on a person, upload the picture and have the tick identification shared back to you with some health related messaging.
What is it?
Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi). In Ontario, Lyme disease is carried by blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis), also known as deer ticks. Ticks are arachnids (like insects but with eight legs not six) that sit on tall grass and bushes and wait until they hitchhike themselves to a person or animal passing by.