Alberta Health Services is keeping a close eye on numbers of black-legged ticks in the province.
The little blood suckers have been known to transmit Lyme disease, which can be a life threatening illness in some cases.
AHS Medical Officer of Health Dr Gerhard Benede says the health authority is testing ticks that people find to see if there is a risk of Lyme disease becoming established in Alberta.
“Mostly these infectious ticks seem to have been brought in from other places by returning travellers or by migratory birds. Nevertheless, tick bites and the transmission of Lyme Disease could become an issue in Alberta.”
The Submit-A-Tick program has been in place since 2007.
If you do find a tick on yourself, your pets, or around you, you should get in touch with an AHS Environmental Health Office.