The Ticks Are Here Already

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  1. Pink_Vapor

    Pink_Vapor Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I just got this POS off my pup. She only goes outside to go to the bathroom, on a leash. :mad::mad:
    The tick was removed with a wet Q-Tip on a circular motion, it really does work.
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    I’ll be putting the home made tick tubes out as soon as this rain stops.
     
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    What is this technique you speak of? Wet a Q-tip with straight water? Can you elaborate a little? Thanks.
     
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    Tick tubes?


    With the warm winter I expect a bad year for ticks is coming up...
     
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    Indeed. Need more info on both please
     
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    Water board them! This bugger was dug in on the pup's ear, wet a Q-tip then circle it around the tick wiggling it around, the combo of the water and irritation they back out on their own. An older-timer told me this a couple years ago and I thought BS. It's worked every time I've tried it on me, and through thick Rottie hair. They let go and grab the Q-tip.
     
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    Looks like an adult Ixodes scapularis, the tick that transmits Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease bacteria). They are actually more active in the winter. The Lonestar tick and American Dog Tick become more active when it is warm.
     
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    Knowing that information explains why you moved into the Outerspace.
     
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    LOL

    Can I steal your pic? The aliens I work with can use some education on this....
     
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    Tick Tubes were developed with Thermacell and Harvard, they discovered tick nymphs primarly live on mice. Mice take the treated cotton balls to nest in and it kills the nymphs. I placed them late June, and noticed a CONSIDERABLE drop in ticks by last fall.

    Previous thread below, I should have posted this thread on it. Mods feel free to blend them.
    https://www.carolinafirearmsforum.c...yme-disease-and-tick-tubes.26526/#post-453532
     
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    Thanks for the info. Going to put that to work.
     
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    Only if I don't get abducted.
     
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    I wanna know more about these homemade tick tubes you speak of.
     
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    So help build mice populations to curb ticks? Interesting concept. I just use spectracide...
     
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    The idea is mice are already there and a primary target for the ticks. You aren't building any population, just using ticks already established life cycle against them.
     
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    I get it. Seems off to me. I don't like the idea of making life easier on breeding mice. I am for poisoning them too...
     
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    I can't spray 20 acres, I can place the tubes at the cleared woods around home, the path to the stands and the shooting lane.
    I bring snakes home to eradicate mice around the house.
     
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    well, did the ticks ever actually LEAVE to be Here Already?
     
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    Exactly. They are there in the winter too hiding under dewd leaves and some plants. We’re just not out there with them as much.
     
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    Dang, I learned two new things in this thread. I'm gonna have to try both the q-tip method as well as the tubes. I know I have a lot of mice around the house because I have been battling them in my shed for years.
     
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    Another reason CFF's the best!
    Remember, that black snake is your friend.
     
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    I don't ever harm any of the black snakes, and I know we have a few that I've seen. I wonder if there is a place that breeds them? I'd love to let about 10 loose back there, I think my wife would divorce me but the mice problem would go away.
     
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    When the boys were 3-5 years old and we were broke my bride would collect Christmas presents throughout the year at Goodwill and yard sales, then store them in the attic until eve. We pulled out the classic Fisher Price garage and the bright green candy looking rat poison pellets, that were placed in the outdoor shed, fell out of it.
    After that scare I kept a pair of gloves and a cloth sack in the car. When I spot a snake sunning on the road, he came home and got released in the bushes. In decades we may have seen one a couple times, but we never had mice problems again.
     
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    Mice, Rats, & Squirrels

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    ^ That joker still gives me the willies...
     
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    I see cats are included as well.

    BTW, permethrin is harmful to cats.
     
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    Yes he was a beast. Hopefully still around.

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    You need to make a bucket trap. 5 gallon bucket, a coat hanger, two empty beer cans, a little peanut butter, and about 4-5" of water in the bucket.

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    Black snakes are the most natural form of pest control there is. They even eat copperheads. They're welcome in my yard! There are breeders but babies/juveniles are $30 to $50 a pop :eek:
     
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    Dang... Sounds like a business opportunity...
     
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    Grandson was over today to work around the house (he needed gas money), so I had him cleaning the snap on gutter covers that do a decent job, but can't deal with oak tassels. Pressure washer is an effective method to clean them, so he is on the roof and I hand him the pressure washer hose, and he gets to it.

    On the roof, with no tree limbs he could even come close to touching, or brushing against, he found two ticks on his back and shoulder when he came down off the roof.

    I have not found any ticks on the dog, who is on Bravecto (a chewable he gets every 90 days), which apparently does the trick, or myself when out in the yard, but on the roof... that's nuts.
     
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    My kids were both at camp last week, where several other kids picked up ticks. I had sprayed their socks and hats with permethrin and I believe it helped.
     
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    Do they also eat skinks? I have a lot of those, but hardly any mice.
     
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    I believe they do. I was out on a job one day when a skink came running in the garage and got stuck on one of those glue traps. Hot on it's heels was a black snake that also got stuck. I spent the next half hour getting everyone unstuck and sent on their way.
     
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    I've already taken two off me. Those damned bites itch for weeks.
     
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    It's been a bad year for ticks here. I've sprayed the yard twice now with permethrin. I think the second application did the trick. We stopped picking them up since then it seems. Me, the wife, and both boys have been bitten. We've snagged several more while they were still crawling on us.
     
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    I had one months ago and is still itching constantly.

    I think it gave me the ebolaids.
     
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    Just pick the ticks off, and eat them. Absorb their power. Strike fear into their hearts. :D

    I work in the woods, so I'm dealing with ticks all the time. Deep woods Off and Repel Permanone are my friends. Both my dogs have Seresto collars. Good at keeping ticks off them. Wish it worked on mosquitoes too.
     
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    HA! You jarred me memory...
    “Betty Sue! Betty Sue, where are you girl?”
    “I’m down here mama”
    “Where’s down here?”
    “Under the porch”
    “Whatch you doin down there?”
    “Eatin’ grapes”
    “Land sakes girl, where did you get grapes?”
    “Off the dog.”
     
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