TICKED OFF: Ethan Talbot pictured with Chei. Due to the tick plague, the family buried a pet dog called Stimpy last week. They have also installed a large Colorbond fence for protection but that has failed. And (below) a jar filled with ticks removed from family members and pets.
TICKED OFF: Ethan Talbot pictured with Chei. Due to the tick plague, the family buried a pet dog called Stimpy last week. They have also installed a large Colorbond fence for protection but that has failed. And (below) a jar filled with ticks removed from family members and pets. Robyne Cuerel

Ticks reach plague proportions

A CRAIGNISH family warring with neighbours, council and a plague of paralysis ticks claims an insect problem like theirs could eventually cost somebody their life.

The issue, bubbling away for two years already, escalated recently when the blood-suckers claimed the life of the Waters family's border collie-cross.

Christine Waters said proof of the plague's severity could be found in a glass jar she had, containing more than 200 ticks, which she said have been pulled from the bodies of her husband, children and pets this year.

She said despite pleading to neighbours and council for assistance, and spending thousands of dollars of her own money to ensure her family's safety, no support has been offered and the problem has failed to ease.

"We've been here six-and-a- half years and when we moved from Eli Waters we had no idea about the ticks," Ms Waters said.

"We have called from the second year we were here about the neighbour's overgrown allotments and have called every year since but the council says it's not their problem."

Ms Waters said problematic lantana, singapore daisy and other weeds in some of the surrounding blocks, which are almost an acre in size, were responsible for the large insect population.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said council investigations into the specifics of the Waters' case were still under way.

But he suggested council policy was to have its compliance staff investigate overgrown allotments as they travel the area.



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