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Landcare members offer tips to keep pets tick-free

West Moreton Landcare member Barbara Cush removing a tick from her dog Lucky while Bluey tries to get her attention.
West Moreton Landcare member Barbara Cush removing a tick from her dog Lucky while Bluey tries to get her attention. Rose Hamilton-Barr

TICKS are dangerous to domestic pets and livestock.

They can also be fatal to humans.

But how much do we know about ixodes holocyclus (the Australian paralysis tick), commonly called scrub tick?

West Moreton Landcare members will explore the allergic reactions, toxic effects, diseases and how to prevent tick bite at their next meeting on November 8.

Member Barbara Cush came up with the idea to have a question-and-answer panel.

"We want to raise awareness of how serious the scrub ticks are to both humans and animals.

"People don't appreciate how dangerous and life- threatening they are," Mrs Cush said.

The panel for the Q&A evening includes University of Queensland senior researcher and entomologist Dr Ala Lew-Tabor, medical professional Dr Allan Cush and Vet Dr Rod Stephenson.

Mrs Cush said West Moreton Landcare had 75 members and was extremely active, led by president Bob Hampson.

Mr Hampson said the tick issue was important.

For more information, you can phone Beryl Wallace 5464 4401 or email landcarewestmoreton @bigpond.com.

Topics:  gatton, landcare, pets, ticks


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