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Posted on 05/02/2012 11:39:35 PM PDT by Bellflower
Where I live and grew up there was hardly a tick to be found. We children played and played in weeds and woods and never had or saw one tick on us. Not anymore. The ticks are ramped. We love to hike and be outdoors, but of course, hate the ticks. Even hiking on a short grassy path almost two months ago you could see them crawling up your shoes and legs. They really are creepy and they are also know to pass any number of rather nasty diseases. So my question is, do any of you have any remedies or tips on how to keep ticks off from you?
Whiskey. Git ‘em drunk, and they’ll come off easier.
Okay, serious. Use tweezers, and be sure to pull the heads. Disinfect each spot immediately afterward. I didn’t worry much about ‘em back in the Ozarks, long ago. There were too many of them for worrying about them.
A Canadian told me that she learned from someone in Banff, that you should put Vaseline on each tick. She said that ticks breathe through their backsides and that smothering them with Vaseline will make them back out.
Weird, eh? Try that. Wish I’d known that back in the Ozarks so long ago.
Tock.. try that.
Stay out of the brushy woods and tall grasses. Here in Tennessee we have seed ticks brought to this country by the Fish and Wildlife Service when they brought Canadian Elk into Land Between the Lakes to restock elk. The ticks spread to the native deer and they’re now all over the state and spreading out.
We used to enjoy our farm. Not any more. We spray deet heavily when we have to go out, and immediately shower and wash clothes when we come back inside. All the men in our family have had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It’s truly horrible.
We thank Uncle Sam for the ticks. They’ve made a hell out of the south.
Check sporting goods at wal-mart around the camping stuff. Used to see some spray tick repellant in a green can. I cannot vouch for it as I never used it, but I’m sure the clerk can tell you if it works. May also find some in Garden Dept at Lowe’s or H/Depot around the bug killers, etc.
DEET works if you want the ticks to smell you coming a mile away.
rose geranium oil and lavender oil are easier on the nose and skin tho. Might try that.
We used to sprinkle sulfur powder from the garden center on our shoes, socks, and pants legs to keep ticks and chiggers off.
Try stabbing at them with an icepick.
If that doesn’t work, see tagline.
By the way, I notice you said the ticks were “ramped.” Are they riding trick bikes as if in preparation for the X-Games?
Thanks, might give that a try.
Get a toothpick and use it to dab a tiny bit of Super Glue on the tick.
Now if I just knew where to get a hold of a tock that just might work as an antidote! I think they might be hard to come by, though, and really expensive.
They liked to be called chegroes if you don't mind!
Your tagline would just about take care of everything!
>>>> "A Canadian told me that she learned from someone in Banff ....." <<<<
What a coincidence....I think I met the same Canadian last week. Good looking lady about this tall, riding a snowmobile? Yeah....looking good. BUT, she told me stabbing them with an ice pick also worked well. I wouldn't recommend it, though, as it's so hard to find a decent ice pick nowadays, you would waste a lot of time looking for one. Think I'd go with having your dog sit on your lap and let the ticks jump off you and onto him.
Nuke them from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.
They were always bad in Minnesota growing up it seems. Depends on the weather though. I recall various sorts of things including the Vaseline (didn’t seem to help), a just snuffed out match head held close - the heat was supposed to make them back out. (Never had much luck).
Now I just use a tweezers and hope for the best. But I don’t get them anymore here in Washington State to much. I think with tweezers you run the risk of squeezing nasties back into your system.
I do tuck my pants into my socks or wear gaitors in tick country, and plenty of strong DEET.
When I end up getting chiggers I used nail polish acrylic overlay (clear!) on them - that works real well.
The deer ticks (they carry Lyme diesese) are tiny - smaller than a period on a printed page. Pretty tough to try to find those. In deer tick country I have just tucked in, used Deet, take clothes off outside, and hop in the shower right away.
Not sure about ticks, but I recall an old Indian remedy for crabs down in the nether-regions. You shave one side, light the other side on fire, and then get them with an ice-pick as they go running to the cleared side.
BTW, we are gonna have a bad tick and flea season. The winter was on the warm side.
Spray on the lower legs where ticks usually try to attach
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