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Tick Infestation Prompts City to Consider Asking for Spraying

City Councilor has sponsored resolution asking the DEM to bring in the sprayers to combat a tick infestation in the Brenton Point/Ocean Drive area.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
The Brenton Point and Ocean Drive area of the city is a sock-over-pants kind of place.

And it soon could get sprayed, thanks to a tick infestation that has prompted city officials to consider asking the state Department of Environmental Management to get involved.

City Councilor Kathryn E. Leonard has submitted a resolution calling upon the DEM to take "immediate action" to spray the area in an effort to combat the tick infestation.

Rhode Island is arguable the epicenter for Lyme disease, which affects untold sufferers and can lead to lifelong complications, even when treated with long antibiotic regimens.

Brenton Point and Ocean Drive are two of the city's most frequented areas and "our residents and visitors should not be put at risk for Lyme Disease," the resolution states.

The resolution will be considered at the council's meeting on Wednesday night.
Cyndee Fuller June 11, 2014 at 09:40 AM
Let's not forget that, if you use insecticides to kill the ticks, you likely will kill other aquatic invertebrates that are not problematic. And many insecticides are none to good for people, either. Outright killing is not always the right answer; perhaps a more thought-out plan is in order.
George Costanza June 11, 2014 at 10:37 AM
We should napalm Brenton Point, only way we'll be sure the ticks are dead
Jody Rabbitt June 11, 2014 at 05:50 PM
I have had Lyme disease and have my property sprayed 4 times a year during tick season. It has worked. Very few ticks and all the other bugs and small animals are not affected. It is worth it because once you get Lyme it is too late. The best option is prevention.
Bill the 1st June 11, 2014 at 06:49 PM
Newport allows chickens now. They are excellent at. Tick eradication. Problem is, I suspect they have a problem with wood ticks, not deer ticks.

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