If the term “keep it on the short grass” was reality instead of wishful thinking, we wouldn’t see so many golfers off in the long stuff or in the woods searching for wayward shots.
With the recent spread of blacklegged ticks in Canada, we can’t get too comfortable anywhere in the great outdoors, but they are particularly prevalent in forests, wooded areas, shrubs, tall grass and leaf piles, all common on Canadian golf courses.
A bite from a tick can lead to Lyme disease, with early symptoms including skin rash, fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and jin aches and swollen lymph nodes.
If left untreated, more severe symptoms including severe headaches, additional skin rash, facial paralysis, heart and neurological disorders, among others, can last for years. In some cases, Lyme disease can be deadly.
The number of reported cases of Lyme disease continues to grow at a rapid pace and that’s expected to continue.
Here is a page from the Government of Canada with helpful information on spread of ticks/Lyme disease, including some of the current risk areas throughout Canada.
There are preventative measures that can be taken to avoid being bitten by ticks. Much to the chagrin of those who like to wear shorts while playing in the summer, which is prime time for ticks, long pants are a good idea as is tucking them into socks when they go into the woods or long grass.
Light-coloured clothing is another measure as is use of insect repellent on clothing and skin, followed by a thorough examination for ticks afterwards.
The possibility of tick bites leading to Lyme disease is enough of a health concern to keep people aware of it when outdoors. Has the golf course where you work or play made efforts to warn golfers or employees about that possibility?
That’s the topic of this week’s GNN Poll. You can answer below or on the GNN Poll and feel free to expand your thoughts on this subject in the Comments section below.
Is the golf course where you work or play making any effort to warn golfers / customers of the possibility of Lyme disease after bites from blacklegged ticks?
- NO (78%)
- YES (22%)