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#284441 - 05/03/17 01:38 PM Tips & Tricks for Ticks
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The Frozen Tinned Goods thread has brought up something I'd appreciate your help with: Ticks. UGH!

Ticks are becoming increasingly prevalent in these parts, and Lyme disease is on the rise too. It's gone from a dog walkers problem to everyone's problem around here anyway. I know this has been an every day thing for many of you here, so I thought I'd ask if anyone have any solid advice for dealing with them?

Preferred tweezers/tick removers? Methods for removal? Prevention tips?

Thanks gang!
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#284444 - 05/03/17 01:59 PM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: bacpacjac]
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The Tick Key. We've used it countless times on our kids and dogs. Inexpensive, reusable, and works easily and quickly.

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#284446 - 05/03/17 02:56 PM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: chaosmagnet]
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Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
The Tick Key. We've used it countless times on our kids and dogs. Inexpensive, reusable, and works easily and quickly.


I use something similair; Enetorpet. Some idea with the V-slot. Easy to use, easy to clean.

As for prevention, you can get pants with a permathine threatment (or buy the threatment in the form of a spray). But they don't last that long...
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#284448 - 05/03/17 08:48 PM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: bacpacjac]
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There are 2 parts to prevention: 1) prevent the tick "bite" and 2) prevent full scale infection after the tick "bite".

A young woman where I worked was bitten by a tick (probably transferred from one of her dogs). She removed it and took it and herself to the Doctor, wherein it and she tested positive for Lyme disease. Therein ensued a substantial period of antibiotics and ultimately, she was clear and OK.

I also knew a guy who was all but an invalid due to undiagnosed and untreated Lyme Disease. Not good.

Where I live, (Maryland, USA) we now just assume that ticks are infected.

Moral of the story; if you remove an embedded tick, don't assume you are safe---take it and yourself (or whoever was bitten) to a Doctor and get pro-active treatment!
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#284449 - 05/03/17 10:11 PM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: bws48]
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In removing ticks, be sure to get the entire critter. Just pulling on the visible parts may leave the head embedded, leading to complicating infections. Some recommend dropping a bit of oil on the body, cutting off the tick's air supply, whereupon the tick will spontaneously withdraw.

You want the tick, the whole tick, and nothing but the tick....
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#284452 - 05/04/17 04:31 AM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: hikermor]
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Originally Posted By: hikermor
In removing ticks, be sure to get the entire critter. Just pulling on the visible parts may leave the head embedded, leading to complicating infections. Some recommend dropping a bit of oil on the body, cutting off the tick's air supply, whereupon the tick will spontaneously withdraw.

You want the tick, the whole tick, and nothing but the tick....


Apperently when you sufficate a tic, if will spit out its contents while getting out. No good if the goal is not getting infected with Lyme...
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#284455 - 05/04/17 01:22 PM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: Tjin]
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Originally Posted By: Tjin
Originally Posted By: hikermor
In removing ticks, be sure to get the entire critter. Just pulling on the visible parts may leave the head embedded, leading to complicating infections. Some recommend dropping a bit of oil on the body, cutting off the tick's air supply, whereupon the tick will spontaneously withdraw.

You want the tick, the whole tick, and nothing but the tick....


Apparently when you suffocate a tic, if will spit out its contents while getting out. No good if the goal is not getting infected with Lyme...


I was quoting an older source, which apparently is not up to date. In any event, the best course is to find the tick before it burrows in.

I really dislike ticks - disgusting creatures!
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#284457 - 05/04/17 07:04 PM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: bacpacjac]
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Prevention: Treat your clothes with permethrin. (I order from Amazon since you can't buy it in retail). It should last 4-6 washings. Veterinary places carry it for horses but with a different lower potency formula. Around the house, plant chrysanthemums which is the source for permetherin chemicals. Be wary, it is dangerous to cats and fatal to fish even in small doses. Low concentrations are OK for dogs and dog collars/beds. Treat your skin with Deet products. I haven't tried it but blousing your pant legs should help keep them out of your ankles. And have a partner walk through the bush ahead of you and let them pick up the majority of the ticks. smile

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#284458 - 05/04/17 10:45 PM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: Roarmeister]
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Light colored clothing makes them easier to spot...
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#284459 - 05/05/17 12:16 AM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: bacpacjac]
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FWIW - I can find permetherin spray at my local REI. But I'm sure it is cheaper online.

Best prevention while walking in tick country: calf length sox and pants. Treated ones help.

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#284463 - 05/05/17 01:12 PM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: bacpacjac]
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I have fought a pretty big battle with insects over the years. They are a pervasive nuisance. The problem gets a lot worse when they are carrying serious diseases.

The best solution is prevention. The old saying is just as true today. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

About ticks:

1. In long grass, put some rubber bands over the bottom of your trousers, so they are snug against your boots.
2. Spray down the outside of your clothes with a DEET spray.
3. Use a hat, which stops them dropping into your scalp.
4. Dont stop under trees or bushes. Dont squat beside bushes. Urinate in the open.

Ticks climb up bushes. They wait there. When they smell people or animals - the sweat glands - they drop off the vegetation onto your skin. This is their attack strategy. Defeat the attack.

And yes, when removing these nasty critters, remove the whole tick. Dont leave its head buried in your skin.

All this being said, dont let the fear of ticks ruin your enjoyment of a great day outdoors!

Pete


Edited by Pete (05/05/17 01:18 PM)

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#284467 - 05/05/17 01:34 PM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: bacpacjac]
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Registered: 10/14/08
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Loc: North Carolina
When pulling ticks:

Don't squeeze too hard

Don't yank or pull too fast

Don't use fire, if done wrong it will kill them instead of making them back out

Grasp it with whatever you can get hold of it with (fingers, tweezers, etc.), and apply outward pressure. Hold this for a while and the tick will turn loose and you can kill it.

The key is to check regularly and remove immediately.

There is another, and more deadly, disease being transmitted by ticks now. No treatment as of yet, and it can be lethal or cause severe damage. Powassan Disease

Evidently is used to be transmitted by particular tick that were not normally encountered by humans, but it has jumped over to the normal ticks we encounter.

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#284469 - 05/05/17 01:49 PM Re: Tips & Tricks for Ticks [Re: Roarmeister]
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Roarmeister, in the U.S. you can by permethrin at Bass Pro and at WalMart.


Edited by NAro (05/05/17 01:49 PM)

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