Bedford park [Halifax] to be sprayed with anti-tick pesticide – Nova Scotia News – TheChronicleHerald.ca


Bedford Councillor Tim Outhit spearheaded a campaign to combat lyme disease-carrying black legged ticks at the Bedford park. (ERIC WYNNE / Staff)

Halifax regional council this week voted to hire a pest-control firm to address the illness-causing tick situation in Bedford.

Braemar Pest Control Service was awarded a $15,000 contract to try to control the blacklegged tick population.

In recent years, a municipal staff report said, several residents and pets in Bedford have been diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Pesticide spraying in Admirals Cove Park is to be done during the first week of July, weather permitting, a municipal release said Wednesday. The spray is pyrethroid, which the staff report calls a “strong chemical” that is “used indoors for a variety of pest management measures.”

The staff report said “control measures will not eradicate ticks,” but in a close vote Tuesday, councillors opted to go for the pesticide application.

Bacteria-carrying ticks cause the inflammatory condition, which produces flu-like symptoms and joint pain.

During the park spraying, access will be restricted. Halifax Regional Municipality personnel will place temporary signs to alert visitors about the spraying, the release said.

Bedford park to be sprayed with anti-tick pesticide – Nova Scotia News – TheChronicleHerald.ca.

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