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It's bad in the woods

I can't recall it ever being this bad. I got a few cats and they're coming in with "ticks". They hardly stay still to put medicine on them but I try. Regardless, it seems like this yr. is the of the "bloom". Last yr. I found them on me and on the pets but i was lucky. Now that was late in the season only slightly in the brush. Now, here it is fairly early and boy they're all over. I can't recall it ever being this bad and after this hard winter they're here big time. I think I'll have a bottle of bleach or peroxide in the barn for quick cleaning. I'm getting leery of going anywhere since I have to get into the brush now and then to retrieve trees(firewood) as the season gets on. I'll be wearing jeans alot longer now. I wouldn't normally comment on this, but its bad, IMHO. -----Willy Shocked

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I checked Ohio stats...

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Well, it seems the winter didn't do them in. Heck, if this winter can't hurt them I wonder when real good weather will be like.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/04/28/winters-worst-having-no-effect-on-ticks.html

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ohio-s-tick-population-eyed-as-funding-awaited-5434588.php

Plus reading on google, it seems Ohio funding has gone down, yet the tick population is up. More and more cases of tick borne illness is up. Oh man... ------Willy Sad I have to bomb the house with aerosol

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Napalm em' Willy !

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Devil
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I'm a scared adult...of the woods.

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I love the woods...but I am terrified. Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease...I don't recall all these things when I was a kid. I would just trudge through all day no worries....Now I walk out of the woods and I have ticks on me, mesquito bites, and poison ivy on my ankle. i am still waiting to be eaten by a chupacabra!

Steve

Note: This post was edited by a forum moderator to remove promotional link on 05/01/2014 at 9:45 AM PT

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Sooner or later

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I get poison oak every yr. just doesn't effect me as much. My neighbor got W.Nile a few yrs. back but it may have been from another location as they goto "craft shows" and such and travel. But she had it big time one of few in the state at the time. Ticks were always here, but never as bad as now, IMHO. While, i can't say there's chupacabra out there, we do have feral dogs and coyotes(more now) and I hate to wander in *MY WOODS* unprotected. I have my ugly stick often enough but overall the animals go away. Mosquitoes are the worse when the season is right, but overall in the last few yrs. haven't been that bad, but one can know difference when that changes. I guess I'll start "banding" my leg pants to keep unwanted guests off. -----Willy Happy

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dust your lower britches leg with sulfur powder

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Helps keep them off you. People who take a bit of sulfur each day during tick and flea season don't get attacked as much, including mosquitos avoid them too.

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What I found...

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A good trick is "liquid soap" to immerse ticks that become embedded in ya and they back out, you pick them off. Rather, than tweeters use or ole lit cigarette to do it. As for mosquitoes, I find having a dangling cigar(good one) and allows me some smoking again(Dr. no-no) or chewing tobacco I spit the chaw on my bites to help relieve some itch or pain. Of course, i use spray but my visitors that use it also, seem to think I have an endless supply and it ain't cheap. I goto the old surplus shop and buy military grade "dit" bottles for use. -----Willy Happy

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Two years ago

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I had a deer tick (very tiny critter about the size of the head of a normal dog tick) embed itself in my lower back/hip and didn't notice until the next day when the area was swelled up and the center core where the tick had been was literally rotting away. Got the antibiotics quickly enough to stop the Lyme disease. My son's chocolate lab was diagnosed with Lyme disease in advanced stage about the same time and has joint issues from it even though he was treated over a few months' time with antibiotics and is now 'cured' of it. He was taken to the vet a month ago for being very lethargic and they found that he had been bitten by a normal dog tick and now has erlichia....another debilitating disease that he's been treated for and hopefully will be cured of.

So far, knock on wood, I haven't seen any ticks in my area of SW Virginia and I'm in a very heavily wooded homestead, but my dog and cat are treated every month, even during the winter months, like clockwork. I used to use the Frontline Plus but since its formula isn't patented anymore, I have found that either the animals have built up a resistance to it or it's not as good as it used to be and I've switched to a newer product that seems to work extremely well. It's called Vectra 3D and worth every expensive dime spent on it. Derek and Heather are now using the same product and left Frontline Plus in the dust.

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