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« on: May 28, 2017, 07:11:07 am »
Wife had 4 on her. I found one the other night. Went for a ride,with the dog,walked her,and got 2 ticks on me,from two diffeant places.
With the 5 we have got here,that is more than all of the last 2 years combined.  ??? 
We did not even have them here 6-7 years ago.
Not a good thing to have around.
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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2017, 07:54:40 am »
they are really bad here  too never had them in the yard till this year so Iv been cutting the grass real short to try and keep them out even the old wood ticks are bad my dogs have had a lot on them the last few weeks

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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2017, 12:45:36 pm »
Growing up 25 years ago I never saw a tick and I was outside all the time around cricks and rivers and woods and such.  Not a one.  Now they're all over us and the animals.  I'm thinking since the winters haven't been as cold and long they're not getting killed back or something like that.  Not good.
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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2017, 01:12:51 pm »
We've  had ticks here for a long time - all part of working or playing outdoors.
What's 'new' bad news, is the Lyme disease that these critters can carry.
Central Canada is one of the hotspots.
So, it's important to find em and send them down the drain at the end of every day.
The upside - I may smell better with that one a day shower.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2017, 01:25:51 pm »
The Lone Star Tick is causing big problems on the east coast.
We have a lot of good boys and girls in harms way
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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2017, 10:58:48 am »
I walked the dogs around our pond last Saturday.
We had 23 ticks on us.
Never seen this many ever before.

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 11:16:29 am »
It was only a few years ago that i saw my first tick. Now if i go outside without treated clothes i get bit. Pulled the 5th or 6th one this year off me yesterday!
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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2017, 12:36:48 pm »
they don't seem to like diesel fuel I tried it in the bottom of my pants and sprayed my shoes also

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« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2017, 01:03:33 pm »
You just need some fire ants

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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2017, 01:08:18 pm »
That's good to know, coxy.  I have to say if it's not too hot and I'm able to wear my bib overalls I don't get as many as when I'm wearing carpenter jeans with suspenders.  Not sure why.  My bibs I have to roll up the bottoms, maybe that acts like a buffer.

I heard guinea hens will keep their territory bare of ticks and other critters cause they turn their heads and strip the individual grass blades between their beaks.  I wouldn't know - only guinea birds I've ever seen were cooped up and made a hellacious racket when you opened the door.

When we had free range chickens around the ticks were definitely less numerous.  They must get them too.
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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2017, 01:42:55 pm »
we also had way less bug with our free range chicks to next year ill have more

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« Reply #11 on: May 29, 2017, 03:29:21 pm »
Haven't seen any here, never have really. Only one time I saw a couple wood ticks a few years back, and that was that. Wood ticks was bad down in NS I know.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2017, 06:29:51 pm »
near lake Ida in Minnesota back in 2010
at the end of a 2 hour walk i had 32

  

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« Reply #13 on: May 29, 2017, 07:57:32 pm »
The mild winters are promoting their spread,
 for work I have a one-piece cover-all that is treated with Permethrin
and a little Picardin on the skin
seems to do a good job keeping them away.

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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2017, 08:50:40 pm »
Maybe I will keep the diesel in my lubemizer then..my dog and I will stink like diesel at the end of the day because of the lubemizer and the wind carrying the diesel, but maybe it's not such a bad thing as I haven't found any ticks yet this year on either of us. 
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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2017, 12:49:53 pm »
The future is scary.

More powerful pesticides are being used. The pests are becoming immune to them.

Humans are more and more germaphobic. Using more anti bacterial everything.

Antibiotics are being prescribed for everything. The things the antibiotics are supposed to kill are also becoming immune.

I am seeing the future being very bad for humans.
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« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2017, 02:16:42 pm »
Getting hard to even get new vaccines or curatives. No money in it.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2017, 07:22:00 pm »
We live in ten acres of woods but we have so many critters running around at our place they must pick up all the ticks. I haven't seen any here at home for a number of years. Seven cats out side and I have't seen any of them eather. We have a ton of raccoons and ground hogs so maybe they have them all.
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« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2017, 09:17:05 pm »
here in arkasas we always have a good tick crop if it wasn't for them and the poison ivy we couldn't claim the farm credit  :D :D

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« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2017, 09:39:21 pm »
Been bad here too. Got one embedded in my back this am. I decided to bathe instead of shower tonight. The ole testiculo was itching and guess what. Seed tick embedded. Glad my children are grown

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« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2017, 11:37:38 pm »
 Ticks are really bad around here right now too. A couple days ago I parked my 4 wheeler in the shade under a pine tree. A couple hours later I went back to the 4 wheeler and seen a couple crawling on the fender. I got to looking more and found around 50 just on the 4 wheeler  :o. I think they may have been falling out of the pine tree  ???
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« Reply #21 on: June 08, 2017, 06:30:58 am »
my 10 year old had one in her neck good thing my wife has glasses  cause I never seen that tiny thing  >:(   they gave her liquid to take and told us the sun wont bother her and she was allowed to have ice cream  ???  >:( >:( >:(  I really like ice cream  ;D I asked the doc if I could stop taking my doxy in pill form and take the liquid  she told me to suck it up  ::) :D wasn't bad as we haven't had any sun in weeks but now its going to be in the 80s now that I'm taking it  they have a cedar spray that is supposed to be the best thing for the ticks anyone using/heard of it 

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« Reply #22 on: June 08, 2017, 09:07:45 am »
Ticks are really bad around here right now too. A couple days ago I parked my 4 wheeler in the shade under a pine tree. A couple hours later I went back to the 4 wheeler and seen a couple crawling on the fender. I got to looking more and found around 50 just on the 4 wheeler  :o. I think they may have been falling out of the pine tree  ???

I'm pretty sure they do fall from trees,  we had a large pine in grandpa's yard growing up, and even with all the chickens, guineas, peacocks, and the rest, they seemed to always fall from that ole tree,  that said I read somewhere that warm winters don't mean a worse tick season to follow, but in either case, they are out in force here as well,  the new illness that comes from some of them mainly up north seems to be a bad recipe, I think reports are that infections can occur within 15 min?
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« Reply #23 on: June 08, 2017, 11:44:26 am »
I'm getting kind of paranoid about ticks.
Looking at my bunny friends doesn't help. This guy kept hopping towards me until he was only 6-7 feet away. Maybe he wanted help as he had to stop and scratch about every other hop.

 

 

But I saw a moose this spring that didn't seem to have any so that's good.
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« Reply #24 on: June 08, 2017, 05:50:53 pm »
The moose will most often have mites that give them a tough time.

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« Reply #25 on: June 10, 2017, 08:00:56 pm »
Bring back DDT and you will not have problems with ticks. Why didn't you have a problem with ticks in the 50's, 60's, 70's...DDT killed them off. No more mass spraying and the little buggers come back in force. Look up "ghost moose" some of them will have 70,000+ ticks on them, killing 70%+ of moose calfs in Maine.
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« Reply #26 on: June 11, 2017, 04:35:08 am »
The, so called 'winter tick', is actually what we call the moose mite (Dermacentor albipictus) on the moose here.  They probably should be called ticks, rather then mites, since mites are microscopic mostly. The 'winter tick' does not attack humans.

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« Reply #27 on: July 05, 2017, 10:07:45 am »
I have been carrying around a therma cell the last few weeks to keep the flies and Mosquitos at bay while working on my fencing project.
I don't know if it's a coincidence or not but I have not had a tick on me in weeks.
I've been walking thru the tall grass running electric fence and haven't had one on me.

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« Reply #28 on: July 05, 2017, 11:41:09 am »
I have been carrying around a therma cell the last few weeks to keep the flies and Mosquitos at bay while working on my fencing project.
I don't know if it's a coincidence or not but I have not had a tick on me in weeks.
I've been walking thru the tall grass running electric fence and haven't had one on me.

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« Reply #29 on: July 05, 2017, 12:41:17 pm »
Long pants tucked in and long sleeves go a long way.  With the newer breathable fabrics, this isn't completely insane in summer. 
Check your body every day. 
Permethrin is a wonderful product.  It's based on a natural insect poison found in chrysanthemums and engineered to last longer.  Spray it on clothes and it lasts >20 washings.  A little goes a long way.  Plain old DEET works great too, but you have to reply.  Either of these is better for the environment than diesel fuel.
The best tick control we have found is free-ranging chickens.  We live an area with lots of ticks and LOTS of them are infected with Lyme and other tick-born diseases.  Once we got a small flock of chickens, we almost never get ticks on us.

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« Reply #30 on: July 05, 2017, 01:11:16 pm »
DDW
Yes.
That is what I have.
Works great for Mosquitos and black flies.
Like I said earlier about the ticks.
Not sure if it's a coincidence or not.

We have close to 200 free range chickens too!!
Lots of fox and coyote problems go with them.   :D :D :D

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« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2017, 04:01:45 pm »
Put sulphur in cuff of pants seems to discourage ticks from getting on you
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« Reply #32 on: July 05, 2017, 05:45:31 pm »
I had never seen a tick untill 6 years ago .
I pull 6 or 8 off the dog every day and some off me . It's bad this year I seen a snapping turtle with tics all over it
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« Reply #33 on: July 05, 2017, 10:11:48 pm »
We were recommended these new flea and tick collars by our local vet.
Since putting them on the dogs we haven't seen a tick on them in a couple weeks.
The collars are made by Seresto.
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« Reply #34 on: July 06, 2017, 09:51:47 am »
Anybody have a recipe for a DIY spray for the yard and area surrounding house and garage?  I've heard that Dawn dish soap and vinegar mixed with water will work, but haven't seen any specific formulas.  My son has been laid up with Lyme for the last couple of weeks. Need to establish a defensible perimeter safe for kids/dogs.
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« Reply #35 on: July 06, 2017, 10:38:30 am »
We were at Gettysburg Sunday and were warned that the ticks were terrible this year. The guy who told me this stopped talking, reached over and got one off my shirt collar. I'm sure we have them in Florida but they aren't a problem usually.
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« Reply #36 on: July 06, 2017, 10:47:01 am »
Anybody have a recipe for a DIY spray for the yard and area surrounding house and garage?  I've heard that Dawn dish soap and vinegar mixed with water will work, but haven't seen any specific formulas.  My son has been laid up with Lyme for the last couple of weeks. Need to establish a defensible perimeter safe for kids/dogs.

You need to not use a "do it yourself" solution.  They will not work.  The know working solutions used by the US military and others are:
DEET, prevents by repelling but requires daily application and is best on clothing, it will keep them away.
Pyrethrin - recommended.  Can be sprayed on the yard, may be good for 2-4 months, best if sprayed on clothing kids wear in the yard, spray per recommendation of product, usually you spray it and let it dry overnight and then it does it's thing.  Pyrethrin is the chemical you are looking for but is the only one. 

For the dogs it is possible to put on a good collar such as Seresto by Bayer.  Lasts 8 months and they will have no fleas or ticks.  However, don't let the kids sleep with the dog (no dogs in bed at night) as the chemicals in the collar are not for us humans. 

You have ticks because of deer/rabbits/mice.  Remove those as you can and you will greatly reduce/eliminate the life cycle of the ticks.  Read up on tick life cycles and you will understand how to do this. 

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« Reply #37 on: July 09, 2017, 09:42:33 pm »
I sprayed around my mill and yard with Demon pesticide from Tractor Supply. I used the two pack per gallon strength. A little pricey but seems to have worked. Also killed all he millipedes and spiders my wife hates

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« Reply #38 on: July 09, 2017, 10:28:08 pm »
I think you might mean "permethrin". That's the chemical insecticide perhaps derived from pyrethrin . https://www.hunker.com/12224525/pyrethrin-vs-permethrin

Anybody have a recipe for a DIY spray for the yard and area surrounding house and garage?  I've heard that Dawn dish soap and vinegar mixed with water will work, but haven't seen any specific formulas.  My son has been laid up with Lyme for the last couple of weeks. Need to establish a defensible perimeter safe for kids/dogs.

You need to not use a "do it yourself" solution.  They will not work.  The know working solutions used by the US military and others are:
DEET, prevents by repelling but requires daily application and is best on clothing, it will keep them away.
Pyrethrin - recommended.  Can be sprayed on the yard, may be good for 2-4 months, best if sprayed on clothing kids wear in the yard, spray per recommendation of product, usually you spray it and let it dry overnight and then it does it's thing.  Pyrethrin is the chemical you are looking for but is the only one. 

For the dogs it is possible to put on a good collar such as Seresto by Bayer.  Lasts 8 months and they will have no fleas or ticks.  However, don't let the kids sleep with the dog (no dogs in bed at night) as the chemicals in the collar are not for us humans. 

You have ticks because of deer/rabbits/mice.  Remove those as you can and you will greatly reduce/eliminate the life cycle of the ticks.  Read up on tick life cycles and you will understand how to do this.

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« Reply #39 on: July 09, 2017, 10:33:24 pm »
I think you might mean "permethrin". That's the chemical insecticide perhaps derived from pyrethrin . https://www.hunker.com/12224525/pyrethrin-vs-permethrin

Anybody have a recipe for a DIY spray for the yard and area surrounding house and garage?  I've heard that Dawn dish soap and vinegar mixed with water will work, but haven't seen any specific formulas.  My son has been laid up with Lyme for the last couple of weeks. Need to establish a defensible perimeter safe for kids/dogs.

You need to not use a "do it yourself" solution.  They will not work.  The know working solutions used by the US military and others are:
DEET, prevents by repelling but requires daily application and is best on clothing, it will keep them away.
Pyrethrin - recommended.  Can be sprayed on the yard, may be good for 2-4 months, best if sprayed on clothing kids wear in the yard, spray per recommendation of product, usually you spray it and let it dry overnight and then it does it's thing.  Pyrethrin is the chemical you are looking for but is the only one. 

For the dogs it is possible to put on a good collar such as Seresto by Bayer.  Lasts 8 months and they will have no fleas or ticks.  However, don't let the kids sleep with the dog (no dogs in bed at night) as the chemicals in the collar are not for us humans. 

You have ticks because of deer/rabbits/mice.  Remove those as you can and you will greatly reduce/eliminate the life cycle of the ticks.  Read up on tick life cycles and you will understand how to do this.

However it should be spelled, yes, that's what I mean.  That's effective and safe and long lasting.  Triple bonus and that's hard to get.  With ticks...well you need to be careful. 

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« Reply #40 on: July 09, 2017, 10:43:44 pm »
It's good that everyone is talking about this subject because everyone needs to be aware that ticks carry a number of serious illnesses.
But here's something most people don't know. Mice carry the ticks. The reason mice carry them is because mice don't clean the ticks off like a cat would clean it's fur. A single mouse could have 50 ticks on it.  So get rid of the mice.
Deer ticks are the really really small ticks. Wood ticks are larger. I know the deer ticks carry Lyme but I'm not sure if the wood ticks carry also.
I found a great trick for getting rid of mice. Take a spackle bucket and fill halfway with water, then float sunflower seeds on the surface and place the bucket next to something that allows the mice to reach the bucket edge. The mice (and chipmunks) will jump in to get the seed and drown. Works really well.
Permethrin is a relatively safe insecticide labeled for spraying clothing and farm animals. I suppose it would be ok for pets as well. It's sold at Site One Landscape Supply and Tractor Supply. Pretty inexpensive. Site One also sells cedar oil insecticide which is more expensive but effective.
I've got a relative with Lyme disease so I try to learn as much as possible. What I hear is that these ticks are exploding in population and you don't have to be a backwoodsman to get ticks on you so stay safe and stay aware.

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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #41 on: July 09, 2017, 11:32:02 pm »
We got a 3-pack of spray cans labeled REPEL at Walmart last year!

REPEL contains PERMETHRIN, the prime ingredient to ward off ticks!

I just spray it around my pants cuffs whenever I'm headed for the woods, even the woods just behind my backyard!

Must work because I haven't had a tick in 2 years!
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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #42 on: July 10, 2017, 06:59:31 am »
plantman is right on the bucket idea. I work in a hardware store and we sell grain. Mice we can control,them chipmucks are hard to get rid of. We use a 5 gallon bucket with a 2x4 for a ramp. Works wonderful.
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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #43 on: July 10, 2017, 07:41:23 am »
I attract the chipmonks with sunflower seed for a few days then put out the Farmers Bucket Mousetrap . I then feed the chipmunk to the lazy cats .
We have a lot of good boys and girls in harms way
lets all support them and their familys.

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« Reply #44 on: July 10, 2017, 05:29:00 pm »
 

 
 

 
I saw this little tick removal "tool" in the LL Bean store today.
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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #45 on: July 10, 2017, 07:01:28 pm »
I watched a number of videos on tick removal. Most suggest using a sharp pointed tweezer to grab the tick as close to the skin as possible and pulling straight out with a gentle but persuasive pulling motion. I also saw one where they put a few drop of peppermint oil on the tick and in a few moments the tick let go and tried to get away. They say that you don't want to aggravate the tick and cause it to secrete more toxin into you.
I thought of another way that might work. Spray the tick with Freeze Off bolt removal spray ! I'm not sure about that , just an idea.



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I saw this little tick removal "tool" in the LL Bean store today.

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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #46 on: July 10, 2017, 10:32:43 pm »
the wart freeze stuff may work also 

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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #47 on: July 10, 2017, 10:59:47 pm »
Yep and butane lighter fluid . I think doctors use liquid nitrogen.

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« Reply #48 on: July 10, 2017, 11:04:13 pm »
If you buy permethrin at a landscape supply store or perhaps Tractor Supply it's very inexpensive in a concentrate form , cheap enough to spray your whole yard once a month. Good for chinch bugs in the lawn also !

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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #49 on: July 15, 2017, 08:51:49 am »
Little devils have elevated the outcome,
You absolutely have to be prepared before
and check after you're outside.   

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I was out earlier this week for work and the
Fed' inspectors are starting to use
leg gaiters with repellent as an extra layer of protection.
I have a one piece coverall treated with permethrin

be careful and take care.

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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #50 on: July 15, 2017, 08:53:23 am »
Yes ticks are very bad this year !
We have a lot of good boys and girls in harms way
lets all support them and their familys.

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Re: ticks and more ticks
« Reply #51 on: July 15, 2017, 08:58:16 pm »
Talked with a friend today who suggested that after pulling a tick it's helpful to wash the area with hydrogen peroxide. Also suggested colloidal silver to fight infection and turmeric to fight inflammation if you have lyme. I believe all these treatments have a good track record of helping. Of course antibiotics are still necessary.