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#92179 - 04/24/07 12:24 AM Ticks in family car, removal suggestions?
silent_weapon Offline

Registered: 10/11/06
Posts: 38
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
I took my two oldest daughters (2 & 4) on an overnight camping trip last night. It was great...but the camp grounds were littered with ticks (VERY small, like pepper flakes) I removed one from each of us before nightfall and one each after returning home....despite wearing deepwoods off.

The question is....I took the "new - less than a year old" family mini-van to transport all of the "car" camping necessities and after the wife got in the car later today she had two ticks crawling on her.

Is there a safe and non-toxic way to try to get rid of this plague of ticks? I have an infant that is less than a month old and don't really want to have to "bug bomb" the car.

Any and all suggestions would be helpful.

Thanks in advance,

#92180 - 04/24/07 12:36 AM Re: Ticks in family car, removal suggestions? [Re: silent_weapon]
AROTC Offline

Registered: 05/06/04
Posts: 604
Loc: Manhattan
Ask your vet (or a vet if you don't have any animals) about Frontline in a spray bottle. It'll be expensive, but it kills ticks better then just about anything else. You might ask your vet for advice, but that's what I would suggest.
A gentleman should always be able to break his fast in the manner of a gentleman where so ever he may find himself.--Good Omens

#92192 - 04/24/07 02:15 AM Re: Ticks in family car, removal suggestions? [Re: silent_weapon]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
Maybe permethrin spray like the kind used to treat clothing, tents, and mosquito netting would work. Or, if you just wanted to treat the carpets and not the seats you could buy some cheap white sheets and cover the seats temporarily. I do this in my car for when i take my dog hiking cause not only does it protect the seats but the white just makes it easier to spot ticks. Just a thought.

#92195 - 04/24/07 02:33 AM Re: Ticks in family car, removal suggestions? [Re: LED]
Be_Prepared Offline

Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 530
Loc: Massachusetts
I wonder how ticks handle high heat? Seems like in the summer, I find formerly pesky bugs dead in the car after it bakes for 8 hours in the parking lot on a sunny day. I wonder how much heat ticks can survive? Anyone know?

- Ron

#92202 - 04/24/07 03:28 AM Re: Ticks in family car, removal suggestions? [Re: Be_Prepared]
silent_weapon Offline

Registered: 10/11/06
Posts: 38
Loc: Oklahoma, USA
Thank you all for your suggestions. While googling...I located information about permanone and thinking I didn't really want to spray the seats....treating sheets and draping them is an Excellent Idea!!!!!!!! I think that is what I'll try as soon as I can find some of that permanone/permethrin...

Thanks again.

#92213 - 04/24/07 04:43 AM Re: Ticks in family car, removal suggestions? [Re: silent_weapon]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Frontline spray will only kill where you spray, I think. Ticks like cracks, etc. Miss the cracks....

Ticks and tick nymphs have survived an hour of high heat in a clothes dryer. One site says that tumbler-style clothes dryers can reach 345F/175C (http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=729373)
Previous posts here have indicated that interiors of black cars in AZ (I think) were only 130-140F (IIRC).

Personally, I would use the bomb. I would suspect that the possible danger from the ticks is worse than from the bomb. I would buy one from the vet. A lot of the topical flea stuff that they sell has been tested better than those sold over the counter, although I don't know if the same holds true with the bombs. Ask your vet.

Just use the bomb as directed, then open all the windows and let it air out for a couple of hours. If you have a garage, leave all the windows open for a few days. To be safer, use the "old" car for the baby for a week or so.

Or ask your pediatrician.


#92277 - 04/24/07 03:44 PM Re: Ticks in family car, removal suggestions? [Re: Susan]
wolf Offline

Registered: 12/01/04
Posts: 329
Loc: Michigan
Open the door on the vehicle, take five gallons of gasoline and douse the interior. Step back and light a road flare. Toss it in the vehicle and run.

"2+2=4 is not life, but the beginning of death." Dostoyevsky

Bona Na Croin

#92322 - 04/25/07 01:01 AM Re: Ticks in family car, removal suggestions? [Re: wolf]
benjammin Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/06/04
Posts: 4020
Loc: Anchorage AK
Ticks don't like heat if they don't have a water source, they dehydrate pretty easily.

Once again, a safe, non toxic way to rid an area of such vermin would be ultrasonic sweeps. I don't know what the sweet spot is on ticks, but I betcha 18Khz to 40 Khz at 100 db or so would send them packing pretty quick, or melt them.

If they are still in the nymph stage (souunds like it from the size you described), then they won't be egg laying, and in a couple weeks they would descicate or seek life elsewhere in search of something to live on.
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

#92368 - 04/25/07 01:03 PM Re: Ticks in family car, removal suggestions? [Re: silent_weapon]
picard120 Offline
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Registered: 07/10/05
Posts: 763
How do you get rid of ticks from your clothes if you can't see them?

is it possible to wash clothes with bleach to kill them?

#92406 - 04/25/07 04:41 PM Re: Ticks in family car, removal suggestions? [Re: Susan]
el_diabl0 Offline

Registered: 12/31/06
Posts: 301
Loc: NE Ohio
I'd have to go with the bomb as well. I imagine it will smell pretty bad in there for a while.

My wife and i were looking at some rural property for a retreat last year and we both had ticks on our legs later that night. My wife was pretty freaked out by the whole ordeal.
Improvise, adapt, and overcome

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