I have a cottage in a area of eastern Ontario which is considered a deer tick hotspot. These guys are a vector for lyme disease which can cause big health issues.
Last year my wife found one attached to her and I found two (at different times) on myself. I went for a test which came back negative. The problem started about five years ago and seems to be getting worse every year. I note that the problem seems to be coming up the eastern US seaboard into eastern Canada.
This problem is made worse with our huge deer population. I have just under 1.5 acres and usually have deer almost every day in the winter. I use insect repellent in the warm weather but it is only available with a maximum concentration of 30% DEET here in Canada. I buy my repellent in the US as I can get 98% DEET there. I cover up pretty well but in the hot weather it's hard. My dog wears a very good tick collar and is vaccinated for the disease. Apparently there is no vaccination for humans.
I wonder if others on this site struggle with this and how you deal with it?
This problem is starting to take some fun away from country living.