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Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Nov 21, 2011 4:29am
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Just have to warn everyone. These warm days are ticky trouble. Went out hiking yesterday for about a mile and got coated in ticks. All people had at least 3 ticks on them and the poor dog had over 40 ticks!!! The ticks were mostly just walking around and her fur. You could visually see them...creepy.

Good luck out there!
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656776 by Travel'n Turtle
Nov 21, 2011 5:27am
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I agree. I've had deer ticks on me every time I've gone hiking since September.

I throw all of my hiking clothes into our white bathtub when I get home. Invariably, I'll see one or two of the little buggers crawling around in there within an hour or two, since they stand out against the white. Ugh.

Rocklun
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656776 by Travel'n Turtle
Nov 21, 2011 5:50am
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This CT Letterboxer has been hiking in Arizona. Haven't had to do any tick checks but have run across a terranchala and a javalena. Any brush I rub against either sticks to my clothing or into me. Will be bringing some spores home no matter how many times I wash those socks!
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656776 by Travel'n Turtle
Nov 21, 2011 5:59am
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Agreed! We are here in CT for the weekend. Spent Saturday boxing and hiking. Came home to hotel, T had two tick bites in shoulder. Now we are dealing with an allergic reaction to one of them :(. He is doing okay but strongly recommends extra precautions right now!
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656800 by TRH N T
Nov 21, 2011 6:20am
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Keep track of it and make sure it isn't Lyme disease!
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656791 by Rocklun
Nov 21, 2011 6:33am
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This is exactly what we do, throw all our clothes in the tub too , it does help . Its pretty bad if we give our indoor cats ticks...we went boxing on saturday and got covered , they were in clusters on our clothes ,we probably had 50 or more on each of us , we couldn't flick them off fast enough for more to appear ....grrrrrr.ticks are gross
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656776 by Travel'n Turtle
Nov 21, 2011 6:37am
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I pulled nine deer ticks off me yesterday and 8 off the dog....so far. I put my clothes straight in the washing machine...the tub is reserved for soaking ME :). And in fact, I found a tick in the water when I was done, even though I had done a tick check before getting in.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656808 by Trailhead Tessie
Nov 21, 2011 6:42am
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And I'll bet you thought you were enjoying that tub bath alone!
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656776 by Travel'n Turtle
Nov 21, 2011 5:09pm
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They are everywhere! It was/is a bad year for ticks, every time out this year I collected at least one. Ugh...

HikerGuyEd
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656969 by Phoenix Rizing
Nov 21, 2011 8:31pm
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has anyone found anything that helps repel them?
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657032 by DevilinDog
Nov 21, 2011 9:00pm
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has anyone found anything that helps repel them?

Permethrin-based sprays on clothing kill them. I just keep forgetting to put the stuff on.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657036 by Trailhead Tessie
Nov 21, 2011 9:10pm
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To letterbox on trails I start;
But ticks attack my nether part.
Ticks demonstrate extreme poor taste
When they embed below the waist.
And what they taste, it seems to me,
Is out-of-bounds; don't you agree?
Extraction can be difficult;
My first-aid book I must consult.
Tweezers or a smold'ring match
May from my "friend" the tick detach.
"Prevent the bite" the book exhorts:
I'll spray some DEET inside my shorts.

Grumpy
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657037 by Grumpy Grinch
Nov 22, 2011 6:05am
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You should be working for Hallmark, I'd buy that card. Maybe just create a stamped image to go with it?
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656799 by burning feet
Nov 23, 2011 4:14am
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Trade you some spore for ticks any day!
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656808 by Trailhead Tessie
Nov 23, 2011 4:16am
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I stuck all or our clothes directly in the washing machine, did the hottest load possible and had a tick walking around on the stuff when I grabbed it out?!!! I think I'll try the bath tub method.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657037 by Grumpy Grinch
Nov 23, 2011 4:18am
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Sorry to hear the Grinch Goods are getting grabbed. :o) You're too funny.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657291 by Travel'n Turtle
Nov 23, 2011 4:36am
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Ticks can survive almost anything and if you flick them off they can fly(?) back onto you so I carry scotch tape with me and wrap them up in that. They can't escape. Somehow I've not seen one on me this year but Gizz has found a couple.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657297 by Rubaduc
Nov 23, 2011 5:17am
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They can't escape.

...I just squish 'em between 2 stones.....
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657448 by System
Nov 23, 2011 1:46pm
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I use my pocket knife to scrape them off with, then cut them in half. I used to flip out if I had one on me, now they don't bother me so much, though I still hate them. Now it's BB3 that flips out when they are on her, so I'm sure she'll sympathize with you Linda. I'll side with TD on this one! ;)
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657304 by sojourner
Nov 23, 2011 1:54pm
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...I just squish 'em between 2 stones.....

I used to work for the forest service in northern Wisconsin. There were 4 of us that would tromp through the woods each day and at then end of the day we'd be covered in ticks. We used to plug in the Suburban's cigarette lighter and drop the ticks in the hot lighter. They pop like popcorn! Disgusting, probably cruelty, but amusing, and it definitely killed 'em.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657452 by Four If By Sea
Nov 23, 2011 3:01pm
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We used to plug in the Suburban's cigarette lighter and drop the ticks in the hot lighter. They pop like popcorn! Disgusting, probably cruelty, but amusing, and it definitely killed 'em.

(singing)
"Dead ticks roasting on a cigarette lighter
Boxers happy they're not on their clothes..." :D

-gollygee
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657297 by Rubaduc
Nov 23, 2011 4:13pm
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I carry scotch tape with me and wrap them up in that

We carry a small sized lint roller. It works especially well when driving down the highway on the way home and one of those little suckers runs across your leg!
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657485 by JESSS
Nov 23, 2011 4:14pm
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How many times can I click the "Agree" Button? The lint roller idea was the best thing ever JESS! Thanks!!!
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657485 by JESSS
Nov 23, 2011 4:51pm
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I agree completely with the Vs!! I don't know how many times we've checked ourselves before getting in the car, and later on, look down, and there's a bugger crawling up our pant leg or shirt sleeve. Thanks for that invaluable tip!!
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656776 by Travel'n Turtle
Nov 25, 2011 4:02pm
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Oh I know!!! You thought you can put that tick spray away when november rolled around but, Nope! My dog had 20 the other day one her. She as well had about 7 of them crawling on her fur. I had 2, myself. In the beginning of June. I got a tick, didn't notice it for a day and woke up with such pain in my armpit. There it was. A tick... a day later I got a ring around the bite. I had to get antibiotics for that damn thing! Be very careful and always check yourself! My mom got severe lyme disease and still has never found the tick or the bite. Lyme disease can kill. Unfortunately we live where the damn disease was first found. Yay!
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657871 by LevreaultFam
Nov 25, 2011 5:29pm
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You thought you can put that tick spray away when november rolled around but, Nope!

You can get ticks all winter, even on a snowy day in February, if the weather gets about 40 degrees or so.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657898 by Trailhead Tessie
Nov 26, 2011 3:44pm
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Right. But we've had an abnormal warmth this winter.

Are you going to reply telling me how this warmth is normal now? Since you like to always correct me
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #658114 by LevreaultFam
Nov 26, 2011 4:16pm
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I was agreeing with you. You said you can get ticks in November, and I agreed with that. If that was actually an oblique way of saying it's warm, then that went right over my head.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657036 by Trailhead Tessie
Nov 26, 2011 6:21pm
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Permethrin-based sprays on clothing kill them.

Does any type work well or are they all the same? do you soak your clothes or spray it on? I am really tired of the tick bites and find myself wishing for the mosquitoes again.
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Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #658153 by DevilinDog
Nov 26, 2011 6:23pm
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I rather deal with ticks than mosquitos!