Ticks and Giant Hogweed

July 24, 2018 Dean Baker

BGCC Turf Bulletin

Summer Questions for Dean on the Green

Tick awareness on the course:

A few members have been bitten by ticks on the golf course. Ticks will bite like a mosquito or wasp, but also burrow into your skin. It is most important to remove the tick quickly. Ticks like other biting insects are part of our environment. Protection from these insects comes down to more awareness than insect spray repellents. Ticks tend to dwell in forested areas, i.e. high grasses, wooded areas, ravines, creeks, etc.  The best deterrent for ticks is to stay out of their environment. They will often be encountered when looking for lost golf balls. Please use caution when entering these areas.


Toronto golf courses have reported stands of hogweed in wooded areas.  As of now, none has been sited at BGCC but we caution members entering wooded/forest areas looking for golf balls.
Sap from hogweed can burn skin & severely damage eyesight. Anyone suspecting (sighting) this plant on the course, please let pro shop or turf staff know immediately!

About the Author

Dean Baker

Dean Baker, Certified Golf Course Superintendent (Since 1989). He joined Burlington Golf & Country Club in 2012, where he has enjoyed the remodeling and renovation of this historic 1922 Stanley Thompson design. Dean is a graduate of the University of Guelph where he remains involved with the program he graduated from, Associate Diploma in Turf Management. There he lends his expertise as an instructor to upcoming turf managers, by instructing the Human Resources for Turf Managers Course.

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