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    Ticks

    has anyone noticed ticks being very bad this year? I have flushed so many of them in the last month (I feel that is the only way to make sure they are gone). Fortunately I have not had any attached, just feel them crawling and nab them. DH too.

    I even had one crawling on my leg after I came in from outside, showered, and put on all new clothes. Now where did it come from? Hate to think they are living in my rug. I have no pets that might bring them in.

    We had one other year like this in the last 20 years. I am wondering if the mild winter has anything to do with it. One of my hunter friends said moose permits are down this year because so many of the moose are stressed already by being covered in ticks.

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    ugh.. i HATE them... we live out int he country and every year- if i see one- to me its bad.. We have to put granules all over surrounding the house or they are horrible.. but the down side, it kills all bugs- our lighting bugs too. sad i know, but i hate ticks crawling on me worse..

    Flushing doesnt kill them, just relocates them.. they need to be smashed or burned.. Gross I know.. i keep old tweezers handy, works great for removing and killing..

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    I live in Southern Saskatchewan Canada and wow you aren't kidding, there are thousands upon thousands this year. They are even in summer follow fields, which is crazy....We have a dog and we shaved her right down so we can easily see them on her...Of course she has been treated for ticks/fleas ect., but wow is all I can say. I hope they will soon be gone or less of them, don't know how long they hang around...and yes they are saying there is many more this year because of the mild winter we had.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvTooQuilt View Post
    ugh.. i HATE them... we live out int he country and every year- if i see one- to me its bad.. We have to put granules all over surrounding the house or they are horrible.. but the down side, it kills all bugs- our lighting bugs too. sad i know, but i hate ticks crawling on me worse..

    Flushing doesnt kill them, just relocates them.. they need to be smashed or burned.. Gross I know.. i keep old tweezers handy, works great for removing and killing..
    I have tried smashing them but it seems they are so hard. Sometimes I even cut them in half with my sewing scissors but both halves seem to be still alive. I don't believe they can get out of my septic system but who knows, maybe I will have a colony of super water-proof ticks in there. Ugh!!

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    Several weeks ago after showering, my husband found a tick on his upper, inner thigh. He had been out spring turkey hunting in central NY, fully clothed in hunting pants and long underwear. He should have been well protected with the clothing but the tick still got through.

    Maybe I should wrestle hubby to the ground and put a dose of Advantix between his shoulders!!!!!

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    I heard ticks would be bad this year because most of us did not have a real cold winter.

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    We know a man in AR that is fighting Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from a tick bite. He found the tick and got it off before it had attached, but it had apparently bitten him. He is very sick as it is a very painful disease that must be treated quickly. Take care everyone. I read that only 1 in 1000 ticks carry the disease.
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    I can see it now ... cutting ticks with scissors and ticks multiplying everywhere, eventually taking over the world ...
    Ticks are not my favorite insect, don't see any purpose for them.
    Make it a scrappy happy day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillnjo View Post
    We know a man in AR that is fighting Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever from a tick bite. He found the tick and got it off before it had attached, but it had apparently bitten him. He is very sick as it is a very painful disease that must be treated quickly. Take care everyone. I read that only 1 in 1000 ticks carry the disease.
    In our area it is Lyme disease, also very bad. Two family members have it.

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    If you can pull the head off the tick - regardless of how you do it - it kills them; just need the head off! I have picked off 2 tiniest little ticks ever seen - htey look like if you scratch off a scab and it has the black spot very small in size and believe it or not - it is a baby tick; not even the size of a pin head... not good... I constantly check myself after having been outside, but yes, i've had them on me after a shower - fresh clothes, and the works too - so ????? this is a super bad year - we all need to take special care...

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    ​Yes, I saw a news report that said it was going to be a bad tick and mosquito year due to the mild winter. I hate all blood sucking insects!!!!!

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    I found a tick on my dog's ear Sunday when I bathed him. Funny thing is, we had just got home from the vet - the vet tech missed it, the vet missed it, I missed it when I cleaned his ears. After I removed him I used the HD blow dryer to get a good close look at the rest of his skin and I didn't find any others.

    We treat our yard for fleas/ticks every year because I don't want the dogs bringing that stuff in. We were late in treating this year (obviously). We got that chore done Sunday evening.

    BTW - an easy way to both remove and KILL ticks. Use a cotton ball to soak up rubbing alcohol. Hold the cotton ball over the tick (make sure you cover the head). After about 30 seconds if he doesn't pull his head out on his own, it will be easy to tweeze him off. After that, drop him in alcohol (enough to cover him completely).
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I found a tick on my dog's ear Sunday when I bathed him. Funny thing is, we had just got home from the vet - the vet tech missed it, the vet missed it, I missed it when I cleaned his ears. After I removed him I used the HD blow dryer to get a good close look at the rest of his skin and I didn't find any others.

    We treat our yard for fleas/ticks every year because I don't want the dogs bringing that stuff in. We were late in treating this year (obviously). We got that chore done Sunday evening.

    BTW - an easy way to both remove and KILL ticks. Use a cotton ball to soak up rubbing alcohol. Hold the cotton ball over the tick (make sure you cover the head). After about 30 seconds if he doesn't pull his head out on his own, it will be easy to tweeze him off. After that, drop him in alcohol (enough to cover him completely).
    never thought of alcohol... ill have to keep a seal tight jar of alcohol to drop them in..
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    Another very easy way to get them off, is to put a blob of liquid soap onto the tick and cover with a cotton ball. The tick will supposedly withdraw and be attached to the cotton ball. I've never had to try this but have friends who swear it works.

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    I keep a pair of tweezers and cigarette lighter handy (in my pocket while outeside). Pick up the tick with the tweezers and burn with lighter until the tick pops.

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    I found the best way to get rid of ticks is to let the chickens and guinnes eat them. Help a lot to control the ticks!

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    I am sorry to hear of this problem. I have never seen a tick but then again perhaps I did and didn't know what it was. I so appreciate reading about ticks so that I can be informed and aware of what danger lurks around me. Thanks to all of you who added a thread. Very interesting!

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    Yes, they are very bad this year. It's only May and I've lost count of the number I've pulled of my, DH, the dogs and the cats. Hate those critters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbsr View Post
    I heard ticks would be bad this year because most of us did not have a real cold winter.
    I heard the same thing... both on the TV news & from my vet. I'd called her because even tho we put Frontline on Leo, he was still getting ticks daily (& I live in fear of him getting Lyme disease since it's so prevalent around here) & she said this was supposed to be a horrible year for any & all creepy crawlies, especially ticks & sqeeters... yikes!
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    Ew-w-w-w-w. It's time for us all to get guineas, the premier tick gobblersName:  guinea.jpg
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Size:  14.7 KB. I wish I could but the neighbors would lynch me.

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    No matter how big, or small, I always got them off or out and then put a pin or needle through them and burnt them. then you know they are dead for sure.
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    Some of them I think you have to drive a silver stake through them.

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    We have a lot of them around here also.
    They are bad this year as we did not have a cold enough winter to kill them off.
    When we kill them we put them on a dish and then take a match or lighter and toast them until they pop.
    If you have a tick that has attached itself we have found that if you apply some hydrogen peroxide with a cloth over the tick for a few minutes it causes them to try to back out and then they have been easier to pull off and then toast.

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    Half the fun of being married is checking each other for ticks every night.

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    From December to April I had 4 Lime Disease ticks (Deer ticks) attached to me and 2 Wood ticks. I had to go on antibiotics for the Lime Disease bites. Those ticks are so small.... Like the size of a very small freckle and are round. They drop off the deer and fall to the ground where the mice pick them up and bring them home to their nests. Wood ticks have an oval body and carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Virginia has already been declared LD epidemic state by the CDC because of the very mild Winter and the number of cases. As I am typing this on my iPad, I just saw a wood tick crawling on my iPad. Yuk! Now I'm crawling all over.
    Last edited by Sewze; 05-25-2012 at 09:21 AM.
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