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I know a lot of guys laugh off tick repellent or like home made remedies that may or may not work but I would STRONGLY suggest using some proven repellents when getting out in the woods. The ticks are very bad this year, at least here in Kentucky. A friend of mine was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever last week and put on appropriate treatments however his condition is getting worse to the point that he can't walk on his own (104+ fever, nose bleed, swollen face and bloodshot eyes) and may be admitted to the hospital in Louisville on the recommendation of the CDC. If the CDC is involved, you know the situation is serious.
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I was traipsing around the woods here in Iowa last week looking for a '59 Ford a buddy told me about and took my Dad with me as he loves a good car hunt. We finally found the car, but it was so deep in the woods that it'll take a fella with a chainsaw about 2 weeks to free it! Empty trailer in tow, I first dropped him off, then went home to my place. He called and said to thoroughly check myself for ticks as he said Mom found 4 on him- mostly neck and head area. I lucked out and didn't get any- told him it was because he moved so much slower than me!!
Around here the word is that since we had such a mild winter, the ticks, mosquitoes, and wasps are going to be really bad this year. I'll vouch for the wasps already- I've probably foamed and squashed at least 3 plate sized nests around my place alone!
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We had a huge outbreak last year and put a Seresto collar on the dog. It seems to have done the trick because we hardly saw one after that.
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very bad here in Massachusetts as well. Just walking in the yard we have to check ourselves and our dogs all the time. I had to pull one off this weekend that sunk its teeth into me.

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Odd how some sites say if the head rips off and stays in your body, it's no big deal while other sites say to get it out and disinfect it immediately. The last few I had to remove I heated up a pair of tweezers and pinched them- they let go immediately and pulled right off- fortunately in tact. I think I'd be hard pressed to leave any remnants in there!
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Last year one of the local police officer’s wife contracted Limes Disease from a tick. They wound up putting her into a medical coma. She did survive however; she is now dealing with Alzheimer. She is in her mid to late 40's.
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Ticks suck.

Smear a coat of Vaseline over the top and wait a minute.
They back right out and you can get all of it with the tweezers.
(This really works.)
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I remember when ticks were thick as flies around here. Then about 10 or 15 years ago the fire ants invaded and I haven't seen a tick since. So you guys up north just wait- as soon as the fire ants arrive (and they will!) your tick problems will be gone!
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I remember when ticks were thick as flies around here. Then about 10 or 15 years ago the fire ants invaded and I haven't seen a tick since. So you guys up north just wait- as soon as the fire ants arrive (and they will!) your tick problems will be gone!
Same at my place. Unfortunately, the fire ants appear to be wiping out toads and lizzards also or any other animal that lays eggs in the ground like turtles and snakes. I still have some lizzards but frankly I do not know how they are surviving.
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I remember when ticks were thick as flies around here. Then about 10 or 15 years ago the fire ants invaded and I haven't seen a tick since. So you guys up north just wait- as soon as the fire ants arrive (and they will!) your tick problems will be gone!
Spent a couple years in Texas and not to fond of the fire ants either!

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For me personally, I have what is both a curse and a blessing when it comes to ticks and chiggers.
The curse: I am allergic and very reactive to their bites. This means that that a small bite from either lasts for weeks for me, long after most folks have forgotten about them. I have had it take up to 2 months for the itching to go away.
The blessing: I am allergic and very reactive to their bites. When they start biting I react with a lot of itching and burning almost immediately, long before they get a chance to dig in and start their vampire ways.

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We had a huge outbreak last year and put a Seresto collar on the dog. It seems to have done the trick because we hardly saw one after that.
If you're having a big outbreak I'd still do a oral or topical tick preventive as well. These kill the ticks when they start feeding if the tick gets past the collar. A tick needs to feed for 24-48 hr before it regurgitates the Borellia burgdorferi bacterium that causes Lyme disease, and likewise for Anaplasma or Rickettsia. The tick that spreads these is the black legged tick (aka deer tick) and in their nymph stage are EXTREMELY small so very difficult to find.

Y'all should make sure your dogs get their Lyme and Lepto vaccine every year too!

I highly recommend this tool for removing ticks. Hook then and twist and they pop right out.

https://www.amazon.com/Original-Tick...EY2FTKB1M3FVNJ


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Considering all the places a deer can't reach to scratch, and the tools they have to scratch with, how do they remove all these ticks from themselves?

I remember what we used to call seed ticks. I was down in the woods once and I saw a seething massive ball of these things on the branch of a shrub. There were thousands of the things in one big ball. We used to pick them out with tweezers because they will embed themselves in your skin or maybe they cause the skin to swell around them with some allergic reaction.

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Considering all the places a deer can't reach to scratch, and the tools they have to scratch with, how do they remove all these ticks from themselves?

I remember what we used to call seed ticks. I was down in the woods once and I saw a seething massive ball of these things on the branch of a shrub. There were thousands of the things in one big ball. We used to pick them out with tweezers because they will embed themselves in your skin or maybe they cause the skin to swell around them with some allergic reaction.

The tick will drop off as part of the life cycle


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"Considering all the places a deer can't reach to scratch, and the tools they have to scratch with, how do they remove all these ticks from themselves?"

I've shot bucks at the beginning of our season down here, Nov. 20th and found them covered in ticks. Belly would be black with them. The season needs to be pushed up to where we at least have a couple of good frosts. It's still hot in the middle of Nov. sometimes. Just make the season a little longer on the other end.
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