Educational signs about ticks at parks, trails under consideration for Niagara Falls

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City of Niagara Falls staff will report to city council about installing signs throughout its parks, and golf courses, as well as other educational components to make the public aware of the dangers ticks present in terms of Lyme disease.

Staff will also look at options for safe treatments that can be used to minimize exposure.

“We’re in that time right now where ticks are starting to come out in our parks, our trails, our golf courses,” said Coun. Mike Strange.

“You take your pets out and you bring them home and you can have two or three ticks and not be sure if they’re deer ticks or what kind of ticks they are.”

Strange said he does not want to “fear-monger” or “scare” people off trails and parks but believes any education the municipality can provide to let the public know what to do if they get bit by a tick, how to properly remove them and other precautions is good.

“I know about 10 people just in Niagara Falls that have Lyme (disease),” said Strange.

“You can’t get treated here for it, you have to go to countries like Mexico, or you go down to Florida, or you got to go to Germany, which I know two people have gone there and paid over $60,000 out of pocket to get treatment.”

He said if a person notices a “bullet mark” red spot on their body, they have a limited time to get to hospital for treatment, or “they could be stuck with Lyme disease for a short period or a long period of time.”

“It’s an illness where you look healthy on the outside but on the inside, it’s effecting all your organs and it’s a real struggle for some of these people.”

Coun. Victor Pietrangelo said it was the Park in the City committee’s idea to also have a QR code on signs visitors can scan with their cellphones to get additional information about ticks.