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Old 04-11-2012, 06:04 PM   #1
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Arrow More Ticks Expected From Mild Winter

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Old 04-11-2012, 08:34 PM   #2
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This is news? I've already had 7 this season and that's only from going out to feed the ducks!
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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Teach the ducks to eat ticks!!! Maybe we could breed sketters to like to suck ticks. Then turn the chiggers into vegetarians and mow the grass for us.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:40 PM   #4
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This is news? I've already had 7 this season and that's only from going out to feed the ducks!
Only 7?? Sarah, you're not getting out enough!

We've definitely got a bad year starting here.
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I got three off them off of my clothes while pruning shrubs this past weekend..,
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Teach the ducks to eat ticks!!! Maybe we could breed sketters to like to suck ticks. Then turn the chiggers into vegetarians and mow the grass for us.
A pair of apes would be more efficirnt
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The ducks are supposed to be eating the ticks but they are still young. We currently have five.
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The mosquitoes are already bad.

Ms. Pote has gotten on this "no chemicals" on the yard even though the dog doesn't spend much time out there. (and taking into account that chemicals have gotten weaker and they aren't allowing much diazanon or malathion.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:35 AM   #9
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I'm a licensed chemical applicator and decided to spray this year every place I could. I sprayed the back yard and kept the dogs off it a week till it rained and the same with the dog kennel area. The stuff I used has a 21 day residual and worked well.

I avoided any area that drains into the pond and only sprayed around the garden areas. So far I've only had two ticks and the wife none. 3 dogs outside and only one tick found. I don't like spray but like West Nile and tick fever even less.
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I don't think ticks have been an isue here... yet. But with recent winters becoming milder... any time.

We've been warned it may be a bad year for insects & pests of all kinds. The mild winter was kind to animals & birds. They're nesting & mammals giving birth now & by midsummer I expect 'pest critters' to be a real pain. Three days ago, I shooed the 1st mosquito off my jacket...in APRIL???
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Tell me about your ticks people .

Should a tourist wear a wet suit and goggles at all
times .

Do they carry diabolical afflictions too horrible
to mention .

Do they eat the bits that hurt or the juicy parts .


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Ticks are very small bugs that land on your body, bite in to attach themselves and proceed to engorge themselves on your blood. You don't feel their bite so they go unnoticed until they swell up... Ticks up north were big suckers. As they engorge they'll get to look a bit like a plump caper or rehydrated raisin. Florida gets a very tiny, micro tick. They are as small as the dot on an i, but tend to jump on in large numbers. Bare belly puppies can look like they've been sprinkled with pepper.

Ticks are bad because they spread Lyme disease, and Lyme disease can make you feel sick for a very long time. It is a bacterial infection that takes weeks to show flu-like symptoms and it can advance to a serious illness from there.

Ticks are in the grass and trees. A normal lawn that is well cared for is not a problem. But anywhere there are animals - pasture land, forests, thick underbrush - you'll find ticks during the warm weather months. Unless you plan on hiking or farming or horseback riding, ticks are not a worry at all. In fact, they are far more of a problem for our pets than people.
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Tell me about your ticks people .

Should a tourist wear a wet suit and goggles at all
times .

Do they carry diabolical afflictions too horrible
to mention .

Do they eat the bits that hurt or the juicy parts .


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I don't worry about the ticks while walking about in the bush. OFF insect repellant will take care of that.

Mosquitoes are just bothersome.

Both carry some diseased but they are relatively rare.

Red bugs or chiggers are what bother me.

They do go right for "the juicy parts." Really they go for the hot sweaty folds in your skin which are basically the same thing but also include the tops of your socks, back of your knees, your armpits.

You can't swat them like mosquitoes or pick them off like ticks.

They are small and burrow in. Their saliva releases some toxin which makes you swell and itch.

You have them (or the itching) for DAYS.

They make you want to scratch your nether regions in public.
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I've had ticks jump on me, right outside the library that has no deer issures, though the community garden is fenced. I can't step outside my door without risking lyme disease, which I've had half a dozen times if not more. Nasty illness, luckily stopped in my case.

The deer graze on my lawn every morning and evening, and all I have to do is go down my stairs, and to my car, and I am at risk. Last year, clipping brambles in the front had 4 ticks, on my back where I couldn't reach them. Will be using Off when I do any clipping in the pachysandra beds or ferns which though very thick, get infiltrated with brambles and other weeds and ticks from the deer.
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My neighbor tames the deer, who are covered with ticks, and then hang out in our yard. We have a wet-weather pond that breeds mosquitoes. Luckily the ducks love mosquitoes and flies!
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To get rid of the chigger itch-- Use a hair dryer as hot as you can stand in the affected area for as long as you can stand it. A friend told me to do this and it works.

---------- Post added at 12:51 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:48 PM ----------

Everyone gather up your unused ticks and send them to Canada Sue so she doesn't feel left out. Just drop a sweaty white shirt on the ground and it will soon be covered with them. Tweeze them off and drop in an envelope to her.
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Hot showers also stop the itch.

Good idea, I'm putting out a white shirt to see how many ticks jump on board before I go out there with heavy gloves to get rid of the bramble bushes. I let them grow for the berries last year, won't let them grow this year.

The gardener mowed my lawn once, probably will again today or tomorrow. Get it mowed every week in the spring, and once every other week in the summer when the grass isn't growing like weeds.

He zips around on a wide professional gig and is in and out in no time.
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:11 PM   #18
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The Number One Rule of Tick Removal for Lyme Disease Prevention

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Its not just Lymes Disease. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is on the rise (Max and I had a bout with it a couple of years ago) then there's Ehrlichiosis (Old Hawk nearly died from that one). There are others:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tick-borne_disease

Dang things are such a scourge.
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06 had a good suggestion in this thread:
http://thisbluemarble.com/showthread...ighlight=Ticks
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