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tushnurse posted 6/17/2014 20:43 PM

Good Lord after the coldest worsest winter on record you would think these disease ridden harbingers of evil would have died down.
Nope these MFr s are horrific this year. I can't even take the dogs for a stroll around our yard without getting a few passengers. I certainly hope chickens eat them cause II'm about to treat myself with the dogs tick medicine !!!!!

LydiaE posted 6/17/2014 23:48 PM

They are horrible this year!

Have you tried adding some tea tree oil to a spray bottle of water and spraying your body and clothes? I spray my dogs(minus their faces)and it has helped so much! I think it has also helped my dog's allergies to grasses, etc.

Sad in AZ posted 6/17/2014 23:57 PM

Did you know that chickens like to eat them?

woundedwidow posted 6/18/2014 07:34 AM

I live in a rural county, but it's the only one where we're NOT allowed to keep chickens even in a non-HOA community -drat. Even the nearby city has passed a resolution allowing chickens in really tiny backyards! Anyway, I garden extensively, so always check myself for ticks, but the other night I was sitting on the bed watching TV, and was scratching a mosquito bite on the back of my leg. I noticed a "mole" behind my knee and went to look at it with a magnifying mirror - it was a tick. I had to pull it off with tweezers, so I hope it wasn't a deer tick. Plus every mosquito in the area homes in on me as soon as I go outdoors, no matter what I spray on - it's frustrating!

Lucky2HaveMe posted 6/18/2014 08:31 AM

Yea they tick me off too! Sorry, couldn't resist.

tushnurse posted 6/18/2014 08:38 AM

Yes I did confirm that the chickens eat ticks, and made sure that DD and H were working hard on getting the coop completed, because they can't come soon enough at this point. LOL

I walked the dogs around the yard, in mowed short grass last night, covered about a 1/2 mile and I ended up picking 5 off of me after. None had attached themselves, but then I had the creepy crawlies all night.

Still thinking about using a thing of the dog's medicine, I just don't know if I put it on the back of my neck, or someplace else to achieve the most benefit. LOL

TrulyReconciled posted 6/18/2014 10:02 AM

Two words: Guinea Fowl

Jeaniegirl posted 6/18/2014 10:33 AM

I hate them too! I live in the country and battle them every year. I was sitting outside, enjoying the evening before sunset and something was 'itching' on my neck. Got it ... a Lone Star tick, black with the little white dot on it's back. Lone stars are Lime disease carrier but I got HER before she nailed me. Ugh!

Lionne posted 6/18/2014 10:54 AM

I just removed my fifth one since
March and the bites I got in April are still swollen and itchy.

I've used citronella spray, tea tree, deet, listerine, and a bunch of other stuff and am covered when I garden.


TrulyReconciled posted 6/18/2014 11:00 AM

TattoodChinaDoll posted 6/18/2014 11:18 AM

FYI: Tea tree oil is toxic to cats (if you have any)

If you are into the all natural stuff then rose geranium essential oil is a tick repellent for both dogs and humans.

tushnurse posted 6/18/2014 12:30 PM

TCD I do use the rose geranium, I get it and have it all the time, it's one of the scents that goes in my hand cream bars I make.

Not a fan of tea tree oil.

Kat - I have red bumps from my bites as well. They take months and months to go away on me. So I will have them well into the fall. Purty.

heartbroken_kk posted 6/18/2014 14:05 PM

I recommend a permethrin spray for your clothes. Even putting some on your socks will help a lot if you wear shorts.

TrulyReconciled posted 6/19/2014 08:54 AM

Make your own Damminix:

Lalagirl posted 6/19/2014 10:02 AM

Just pulled one of DH last night - and he was using Deep Woods Off!

They are worse this year. The cold weather actually makes the upcoming season worse because the cold weather doesn't kill them; they hibernate and when spring hits, they're hungry as hell.

I hate them with a passion - I have chronic Lyme and two tick-borne co-infections.

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