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It's that time of year!  I found a tick crawling across a white lampshade in my house on Saturday.  Today, I'm sitting at my desk, running my fingers through my hair and found another one.   :angry: It wasn't attached yet, thank GOD!, but I can't figure out where it came from.  Had to have found me after my shower this morning, and all I did was get dressed and come to work.  Yuck!  

I guess I'm going to have to do another check on the dog when I get home today (although her flea/tick stuff is up to date) - and I guess I'll have to set aside some time next week to treat all my stuff with Permethrin.

Yuck, yuck, yuck.  Reason #127 that spring is my least favorite season.


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At home, do you spray the outside areas around your entry ways, or the foundation, so the ticks cannot get inside?  You are protecting the dog, but how about yourself?  

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At home, do you spray the outside areas around your entry ways, or the foundation, so the ticks cannot get inside?  You are protecting the dog, but how about yourself?  

No and no.  I never really thought about that before.  Any suggestions on what to spray around the house that's not poisonous for the dog?  I live in a townhome, mostly 2nd story, so probably the main entrance would be my biggest worry.

I should have known better than to hike this weekend without anything on my skin or hair.  It takes me a few trips to transition between seasons and make sure I am bringing the right stuff :)


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Ortho Home Defense - Keep the dog away while it dries. Once dry, harmless to animals. Can be used inside and out.

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Thanks for this reminder, Firedancer. I hadn't even thought about protecting Katy from fleas and ticks.

I've always had indoor cats that needed minimal care. It's a whole new world with a dog.

I'll be stopping at the vet tonight and picking up a supply of Advantix.
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Yikes, that's aweful.  Food luck getting rid of those nasty varmints!

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For all the permethrin I buy each year, I should buy stock in the company :laugh:

Sorry to hear about the ticks.  I hate them too.  Time to treat the clothing!


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I haven't seen a tick in years. Kind of miss the little doodads.

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Yer a sick man, Travis!

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Yer a sick man, Travis!

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Come to Wisconsin and get in some grassy areas in the woods. You'll have plenty of ticks in no time.
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We live in the woods.  Ticks are a fact of life, especially with the deer population.
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Drop some chickens in your yard. They love snacking on ticks. Side benefits are eggs and free range chicken for dinner.

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One of our neighbors had some guinea hens, which apparently love to eat ticks.  Unfortunately, a dog we tried to adopt from the pound killed a few, so back he went after a few short weeks.

The dog we have now would probably do the same, but our neighbor gave up on guineas (for which his wife is very thankful).

The chickens stay in the coop.
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Thanks for this reminder, Firedancer. I hadn't even thought about protecting Katy from fleas and ticks.

I've always had indoor cats that needed minimal care. It's a whole new world with a dog.

I'll be stopping at the vet tonight and picking up a supply of Advantix.

Don't forget the heartworm pills, too - 'tis also the season for skeeters!

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They need to release a whole bunch of chickens and guinea hens in the wild to cut down on the ticks.
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Thanks for this reminder, Firedancer. I hadn't even thought about protecting Katy from fleas and ticks.

I've always had indoor cats that needed minimal care. It's a whole new world with a dog.

I'll be stopping at the vet tonight and picking up a supply of Advantix.

Don't forget the heartworm pills, too - 'tis also the season for skeeters!

Heartworm is covered. We are doing it year round since we plan on traveling with her. :)
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We were doing a practice trip last weekend, checking out our gear for Yellowstone/GTNP (only 5 weeks away).
We hiked into to Gov. Dodge State Park (WI), we found one wood tick on my fiancee's jacket.
So we knew they were out.
Sunday morning she removed one embedded in my neck.
Sunday evening when I was showering I found another one embedded in my hip.

Your results (in WI) may vary.
But rest assured: "They're here."
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I've pulled them off the dog, the kids, and myself already.  Picked up while walking the dog.

I wish there was Frontline for humans.  I'd bathe in the stuff.
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Now, there's a good idea!

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Get yourself a case of Rocky Mountain Tick fever and you won't miss them I assure you!

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Get yourself a case of Rocky Mountain Tick fever and you won't miss them I assure you!

No assurance necessary, Brad, but thanks.

We ran 3000 head of sheep on my family's ranch that I grew up on. Before I was ever in school I was helping work those sheep.

During sheep-shearing time, I tromped wool sacks, where I was sometimes neck-deep in fleeces. The fleeces were full of ticks. I pulled dozens of ticks off my skin and clothes, and out of my hair every day for a week or two. And that was just shearing time.

I think anyone with similar experiences to the way I was raised can find the humor in what I said. No one here took me seriously, I'm pretty sure. :)


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Yuck, yuck, yuck.  Reason #127 that spring is my least favorite season.

If they're in your house, your dog is the number 1 suspect, despite his flea protection. I hate ticks, pulled them out of me a few times. My doctor told me though, they have to be imbedded 48 hours before you can get Lyme disease.
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Tick checks can be fun with the right partner  :D

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Now, there's a good idea!

We have that. It's called permethrin, picardin, or DEET.  :p

Or doxycycline if you're talking just about the tick-borne diseases...just convince your doc you've got a terminal case of acne that really needs long-term therapy.  :;):
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I am reluctant to expose myself to pesticides, and other toxic chemicals any more than necessary. Some outings, in some areas warrant their use, but a thorough tick inspection works for me most of the time. Who knows, maybe I'm building up my immune system.

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So far I have had at least one tick on me and my little girl had one imbedded in her head, I'd say only over night time frame.  Got it out.  It was huge, no blood sack or anything, just a huge tick.  We're all checking like mad recently.

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