5 things to watch out for in spring

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There is a good and bad side to everything. As good weather, blooming flowers and the return of birds are part of spring, these are also part of this season:

  1. Pothole season

    Many potholes form on Manitoba roads after the snow melts. These big holes on the road make driving unsafe. They can damage your car too. During pothole season, remember to:

    • Drive carefully.
    • Look out for Manitoba crews that repair these holes to keep roads safe.
    • Report large potholes in your area to help. Call 311 or report it online.
  2. Tick season

    Ticks come out when the snow melts. Look out for wood ticks and blacklegged ticks. Blacklegged ticks carry Lyme disease. They look like black sesame seeds (male) or brown with black legs (female). Cover up if you are going out.

    • Wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, closed shoes and socks.
    • Use bug repellent containing DEET.
    • Do a tick check when you get home.
    • Send a photo of the tick to Manitoba Health or to eTick if you catch a tick or get bitten by one. Go to: Manitoba Tick Checker. They will tell you how to treat the bite. You can also consult your family doctor to make sure that you get proper treatment for the bite.
  3. Allergy season

    Spring and summer are allergy seasons in Manitoba. Allergies are caused by pollen that comes from flowers, trees, weeds and grass. April and May are the worst months for tree allergies; June and July for grass allergies.

    Go to your doctor for treatment. Write down the time when you experienced symptoms and the possible causes. Check allergy forecasts from Accuweather and pollen forecasts from The Weather Network before leaving the house.

  4. Flooding

    This happens when the snow and ice melts. If they melt fast, rivers may not be able to hold all the water. Listen to the news to stay safe. Check Manitoba Government News Flood Bulletins or local news like CBC News Manitoba.

  5. Sudden weather changes

    Manitoba weather is unpredictable in spring so always check Environment Canada. It could be sunny one day and then cold the next! Have your jackets, gloves and tuque ready. Bring an umbrella in case it rains.

Article updated April 14, 2021.

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