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Tick season is ahead of schedule this year as the parkland has been hit with some warm weather.

Species like Dear ticks and wood ticks generally start to emerge around 4 degrees Celsius, and the double-digit temperatures we're looking a this week will wake them up fast.

It's important to plan for outings with DEET-based repellents and tightly fitted clothing, as well as tick prevention for your pets.

Dear Ticks, also known as black-legged ticks, can carry the Bacteria known to cause Lyme Disease, with a recent Canadian study showing the infected ticks live longer and overwinter better.

So watch for these ugly parasites while enjoying the beautiful weather.