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Lyme-Carrying Ticks Are Going To Be 'Gangbusters' This Summer
BI ^ | 6-16-2014 | Ted Siefer

Posted on 06/16/2014 8:41:55 PM PDT by blam

Ted Siefer
June 16, 2014

Deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, are the prime carriers of Lyme disease, which is particularly common in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Large numbers of ticks, the parasites that carry Lyme disease, are expected to emerge in New England in the coming weeks, experts said on Friday.

Abundant snow over the winter and a wet spring have created ideal conditions for ticks to come out in the warm weather and try to latch onto hosts, they said.

"The next three to four weeks is the peak season of risk," said Sam Telford, an infectious disease professor at Tufts University and an authority on Lyme disease.

"That's when the nymphal ticks emerge and appear in large numbers. It's going to be gangbusters the next few weeks," Telford said.

The nymphs, some as small as a period in a newspaper, are much harder to detect than the full-grown ticks more commonly seen in the fall.

At a site he monitors on Nantucket, Telford found twice the number of ticks last week as he did last year.

The University of Rhode Island, which operates the Tick Encounter Resource Center, has placed its tick alert level at red, or high, for the entire Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region based on reports from a network of tick surveyors.

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria carried by the blacklegged tick, commonly known as the deer tick. Early symptoms include headache, muscle pain and fatigue, and in some cases a tell-tale bullseye rash.

The incidence of Lyme disease continues to rise in the region. New Hampshire health authorities reported nearly 1,700 cases of Lyme disease last year and the state now has the nation's highest incidence of the disease per 100,000 people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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KEYWORDS: babesiosis; chikungunyavirus; deer; deerticks; disease; ehrlichiosis; lyme; lymedisease; ticks
Watch out...be careful.
1 posted on 06/16/2014 8:41:55 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Mosquitoes are really bad this year too. I was just up in Michigan and I was nearly eaten alive.


2 posted on 06/16/2014 8:46:44 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: acapesket

If you think you were bit, jump in a bathtub w/ at least 4 cups equal parts of baking soda and epsom salts, stay submerged to your neck for at least half an hour and continually dunk your hair and face.


4 posted on 06/16/2014 8:56:22 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: blam

No wonder mortality rates were so high before they discovered Lyme disease.


5 posted on 06/16/2014 8:56:52 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: A_perfect_lady
"Mosquitoes are really bad this year too. I was just up in Michigan and I was nearly eaten alive."

It's Always Something. (IAS)

U.S. Officials Keep Close Eye On ‘Miserable’ Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus

6 posted on 06/16/2014 9:01:17 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

DDT


7 posted on 06/16/2014 9:15:49 PM PDT by varmintman (It must really suck to be a Nazi in Kiev these days...)
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To: acapesket
"If you feel a pinch , look carefully! They are like the size of pinpoints."

I had one of those on my ankle last year. Didn't know it till I rubbed my ankle and felt something hard (picture rubbing a fish against the scales) that's what it felt like. I removed it and showed it to my doctor. He thought it was a gnat and didn't take me seriously till I said I had to pull it off. Said to return if a bulls eye appears.

Anyway, that thing was super tiny! How in the blazes are we supposed to find them on our pets?

8 posted on 06/16/2014 9:23:10 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: blam
At a site he monitors on Nantucket, Telford found twice the number of ticks last week as he did last year.

There is a Providence that protects idiots, drunkards, children and the United States of America.

9 posted on 06/16/2014 9:32:31 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: blam
Easy solution...I duck hunt a lot and mosquitos are the norm. I spray this on and no probs....  photo OFF_zpsd0a15072.jpg
10 posted on 06/16/2014 10:01:30 PM PDT by Kevin in California
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
There is a brand new flea and tick collar out called Seresto...it kills fleas and repels ticks. It costs an arm and a leg but lasts for 8 months so seems like a much better deal than Frontline, which only kills the ticks after they've bitten. I'm considering it for my 4 cats since down here in the Ozark we have something scary known as "bobcat fever," which is tick-borne and has been described as feline ebola!
11 posted on 06/16/2014 10:28:41 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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To: blam

“....ideal conditions for ticks to come out in the warm weather.”

Chalk up another one for Global Warming /s


12 posted on 06/16/2014 10:33:16 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: blam

Short of DDT, what area sprays could one hit their property with to cut down the tick population, hypothetically?

I know they do something like this up in Canada to keep the ticks from killing the moose population there. There must be something available on the market that could be sprayed into treelines and bushes to knock down the ticks.

Ideally, this would be a 1-2-3 effort, where the ticks are knocked down now, and then in 4-5 months, something else gets sprayed to destroy any eggs, and then next spring yet a third chemical gets put out just after snowmelt to kill any nymphs that might have survived the other two.


13 posted on 06/16/2014 10:34:15 PM PDT by Little Pig
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To: blam

Icecaps melting
oceans rising
oceans turning acidic
El Nino
Hurricanes
Tornadoes
Drought
Floods
Earthquakes
Muslim Terrorists

Why sweat the small stuff?


14 posted on 06/16/2014 10:39:06 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Little Pig

I remember my old man had a motorized fogger for mosquitoes up at our cabin - up until the mid-seventies. Not sure if it was DDT or not. I’m guessing there must be something that can be used. There are cans of “Off” that are foggers - so perhaps there is something for ticks.


15 posted on 06/16/2014 10:42:43 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: blam

This really ticks me off!


16 posted on 06/16/2014 10:45:12 PM PDT by UpInArms (without failure there's no success only slavery)
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To: 21twelve

Here in the city I’m living in in India, the fancy resort hotel down the road has a team of gardeners that canvass their property every evening with backpack foggers to knock down the mosquito population.

From what I’m reading online, it’s either Permethrin or a related product, and most of the write-ups are all framed from the perspective of “ooh, I really don’t want to use chemicals so I can be organic” and how these products aren’t *that* bad.

Thing is, I *WANT* bad. I don’t really care about being “organic” or “low-impact”. I want something really horrific that I can have the pest company fog into my treeline 3 or 4 times over a period of a month or so, and I won’t have to worry about my kid contracting Lyme disease if she plays hide-and-seek in there. I’ll wash the stuff from my garden thoroughly, and we won’t go play in the woods for a day or so after each treatment, if that’s what it takes.


17 posted on 06/16/2014 10:51:35 PM PDT by Little Pig
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To: Little Pig
Short of DDT, what area sprays could one hit their property with to cut down the tick population, hypothetically?

Pyrethrum or a synthetic variant such as Permethrin. But for God's sake find out all the critters that this stuff kills before you go spraying it around your yard and kill your daughter's cat.

18 posted on 06/16/2014 10:56:45 PM PDT by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
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To: blam

Deer ticks
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not just deer ticks but White Tailed Deer Ticks


19 posted on 06/16/2014 10:57:53 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Little Pig

The widespread use of permethrin is actually making the bugs become resistant and is harmful to small kids. DDT would be the best, but in our case Thieves oil packs a punch. There is also peppermint oil, cinnamon oil all atomized and the bugs hate the smell, Lemongrass is awesome, that is what citronella is made from.

I am chemically sensitive, so yes, I do the organic route.
But , I do agree about DDT. Just let me know when it is legal again so I can and bunker for a few weeks!


20 posted on 06/16/2014 11:02:23 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
1_Rain_Drop:" Lyme disease is caused by bacteria carried by the blacklegged tick, commonly known as the deer tick.
Early symptoms include headache, muscle pain and fatigue, and in some cases a tell-tale bullseye rash.

The "bulls-eye rash " occurs only in 50 % of the cases
The bulls-eye is only but one observable indicator
The bacterium is like a spirocete and virus in that it has a flagella (tail-like ) that allows it to travel through the bloodstream
if it rests in a bone joint, it can become arthiritis
If it rests in avital organ , it can manifest itself in many ways .
It has the ability to form an 'over coat' , like a virus , and can lay dormant for 15 - 20 years before it reappears.
Most doctors don't know how to treat it as the symtoms can lay dormant for a number of years, depending on where they lay dormant.
If bitten , contact a doctor who has current information about tick bites; if ignorqant , get another doctor for tratment .
Like ADD (learning disability), there are no specific symptoms - but rather a series of symptoms, some of which may , or may not , occur.

Treatment : Antibiotics for 14 - 21 days
Search online for specifics and recent suggestions and more recent information.
Prevention : Rubber bands on long pant legs , and/or , spray with pyrethrum (natural/ flower insecticides)
Wear 'flea collars' specific to fleas and ticks for annimals, especially where deer are known to inhabit.
Ticks are known to alternately infect rabbits , chipmonks, squirrels, and other 'warm blooded' annimals .

I had three tick bites last summer while visiting friends in New Hampshire, and after doing internet research online, I knew more than my doctor.
This is an unknown issue that many doctors will overlook, or be ignorant about; be assertive as you may know know more than the doctor !
Get antibiotic treatment within the first week and you may overcome this debiliatating disease of Lyme , or several other diseases that the tick is the vector of creating.
This is nothing to screw with ..

21 posted on 06/16/2014 11:21:01 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Political Correctness is Tyranny .. with manners ! Charlton Heston)
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To: UpInArms

It bugs me too!


22 posted on 06/17/2014 12:36:51 AM PDT by mn-bush-man
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To: blam

My sister caught Lyme Disease trail riding on her horse, two years ago. She thought it was not something to worry about. However, the Lyme, bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, did damage to her heart muscle control system. One heart chamber began pushing the blood out in an irregular manner causing blood cavitations. These blood cavitations eventually caused a blood clot in her brain, causing a lost of function in one side of her body. Luckily, she made it to the hospital soon enough to mitigate the damage. At 59 she has to walk with a cane. She no longer has her horse.


23 posted on 06/17/2014 1:23:41 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

You are spot on! Read my Post #23. Lyme Disease is a killer.


24 posted on 06/17/2014 1:26:02 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt; 1_Rain_Drop

I contracted Lyme Disease in 1994, after a tick bite in the woods of the Virginia Mountains (Clark County, 1 hour west of DC). I was treated about two months after the tickbite, when I had an infection I thought was a toothache in my left jaw. The tick bit me on my waistline.

I had a second treatment in September, with higher grade antibiotics. then, on December 21, they found me walking in those woods, incoherent and with low body temp, low pulse rate, and low blood pressure.

It was January 2 before they actually properly diagnosed me, and began a daily intravenous drip of a powerful anti- and it worked well.

I could have died quite easily had I not been observed and help called. God looks after us fools. I did not know I had it for two months, because when I discovered the tick I just pulled it off and flushed it.

BUT, any time you get a tickbite of ANY kind, assume the worst and get checked. In 1994, due to low incidence nationally, my blood sample was sent to Mayo Clinic for diagnosis. Today the testing can be done locally almost anywhere Lyme Disease has been observed.


25 posted on 06/17/2014 1:31:08 AM PDT by WVKayaker ("Every American should feel outrage at any injustice done to our veterans " -Sarah Palin 5/26/14)
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To: Little Pig

I’ve sprayed Sevin around my yard for years. My dogs are both gone now though.


26 posted on 06/17/2014 2:57:01 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: blam

It’s too late.Those damn ticks are already out there.I took my dog for a walk and upon ending it I found three ticks on her and all we did was walk on the grass along the roads.

Check your dog immediately after there walk so you can catch those critters before they have a chance to hide.


27 posted on 06/17/2014 3:00:25 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: blam

Soviet Red Hampshire is LOADED with ticks this year...a judgement against people who support abortion and sodomite marriage, I suppose.


28 posted on 06/17/2014 3:12:06 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: blam

Already had Lyme Disease positive dogs this Summer. I rarely find the disease but it seems this Spring is different.


29 posted on 06/17/2014 4:09:26 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

“Said to return if a bulls eye appears.”

Less than 50% of Lyme infected patients actually get that bulls eye rash.


30 posted on 06/17/2014 4:28:51 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

“I knew more than my doctor.”

It’s easy to know more than most doctors who think the CDC is the last and best word on everything. On Lyme, the CDC knows Jack. Unfortunately, more than 300,000 cases of Lyme are being diagnosed every year(those are just the ones being caught). That’s more than AIDS numbers. But, right now, it’s simply not pc enough to be looked at seriously by the CDC who really want to look good in front of sodomy activists.


31 posted on 06/17/2014 4:34:09 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: A_perfect_lady

West Michigan - the mosquitoes are still really bad. Found a tick for the first time on my 10 year old maltese mix about 3 weeks ago. We keep his hair super short plus it’s thin as he is 1/4 yorkie. It was up at the base of his neck an easily felt spot and when I discovered it, it had already swollen to the size of a raisin. Smashed the cr@p out of that little bugger and my dog had an open sore from the head of the tick about 1cm in diameter. Kept it doused with peroxide. We live on 10 acres of dense woods and in 10 years this is the first one he has had.


32 posted on 06/17/2014 6:30:14 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Please support efforts in your state for an Article 5 convention.)
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt
I think it works better if the antibiotic treatment is for at least 30 days. Doxycycline has been in short supply so is expensive but is better than leaving the bacteria to replicate later.

I use K9 Advantix for my dogs. Repels and kills ticks up to 4 weeks. Repels and kills mosquitoes for 4 weeks (for those up in Michigan :)). Not safe for cats.

My neighbor died from Lyme at 42. When he contracted it it was unknown in this area so diagnosis was very late. Despite aggressive treatment later, damage before death included both hip replacements, brain damage, heart damage. This is nothing to mess around with.

33 posted on 06/17/2014 7:01:08 AM PDT by Abby4116
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To: freeangel
"It’s easy to know more than most doctors who think the CDC is the last and best word on everything. On Lyme, the CDC knows Jack. Unfortunately, more than 300,000 cases of Lyme are being diagnosed every year(those are just the ones being caught). That’s more than AIDS numbers. But, right now, it’s simply not pc enough to be looked at seriously by the CDC who really want to look good in front of sodomy activists."

I've read that often times when a doctor makes a Lyme Disease diagnosis in a 'new' area, property values decline.

34 posted on 06/17/2014 10:53:23 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

My only word of advice is that doxycyline does a number on your body! Stay out of the sun and take plenty of probiotics!
This is the most under diagnosed disease in the country and believe me FRiends,
It is in every state in the the Union, this is not just an east coast thing.


35 posted on 06/17/2014 5:28:16 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: blam

I friend of mine who spends a lot of time on Cape Cod in the summer, found a tick in her bed. She found a bull eye spot and then later, after she came back to Houston she became extremely sick with fever, terrible pain and swelling in her knees.

Yes, all the signs but she was tested and she did not have Lyme disease. I would have insisted that my doctor treat me as if I had it, but she would not do that. I think she was in denial and the blood test was all she needed to continue denying it.


36 posted on 06/17/2014 5:40:34 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: MomwithHope
We live in a wooded neighborhood in Houston and I found a tick on one of my dogs over a month ago. We had a serious tick outbreak on the dogs about 3 or 4 years ago but none on the humans. I don't know if Lyme has been found in our area yet. I hope not. I use Frontline on the dogs.
37 posted on 06/17/2014 5:47:14 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: jonrick46

” At 59 she has to walk with a cane.

Good lord,she’s lucky to be alive.

.


38 posted on 06/17/2014 5:56:38 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Ditter
I had a renter whose child was diagnosed with Lyme Disease....she had the 'circle' around the bite.

She was treated with antibiotics and was okay.

39 posted on 06/17/2014 6:34:59 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

Somebody will blame this on Global Warming (TM), as sure as I’m sitting here.

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


40 posted on 06/17/2014 7:41:21 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: blam

Was the child bitten where you live now or here?


41 posted on 06/17/2014 7:59:05 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: who knows what evil?
Soviet Red Hampshire is LOADED with ticks this year...a judgement against people who support abortion and sodomite marriage, I suppose.

Oh please - if you believe that, then explain why a rural red county that does not support abortion and sodomite marriage in Virginia is LOADED with ticks this year? It is only the 17th of June and we have been pulling ticks off of the 3 of us and the dog and cats since mid-May.

42 posted on 06/17/2014 8:32:45 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

All the summer bugs turned up early. Even the lightning bugs were out in force in May, which is unusual. It’s even more unusual given the very cold, late winter that we had.


43 posted on 06/17/2014 8:35:19 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Now that you mention it — I haven’t seen lightning bug one yet. Which is really weird, but I hadn’t even thought about it.

As to fleas and ticks, it seems we run in cycles around here - I’ll be inundated with ticks, as we currently are, yet a friend 5 miles down the road hasn’t encountered one, but is infested with fleas and I’m not having a problem with them.


44 posted on 06/17/2014 8:56:27 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Gabz

I’ve found a few tiny deer ticks on the dogs and even one crawling on my leg, but I’ve seen much worse. Ticks are out but their numbers are not unusual here.


45 posted on 06/17/2014 9:14:52 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Gabz

A touch of sarcasm, to be sure...but this Nation is under judgement at this time, and the people of this country need to repent. I certainly DO believe that.


46 posted on 06/18/2014 2:39:50 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: blam

I believe for the first time ever, last week, I saw a deer tick.

And it was stuck on ME!

Luckily, I think it just started - I thought it was a tiny speck of dirt until I had to pick it away, and saw LEGS!

So here in MD, yes, I had a deer tick and am watching the site.


47 posted on 06/18/2014 5:47:57 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Gabz

Deer ticks, not just any ticks. Those are the ones to be worried about. How are the deer ticks?

I’ve only ever seen dog ticks in my life until last year, I think I ran across a Lone Star. Then I found a deer tick on myself last week. That scared the bejeebers out of me.


48 posted on 06/18/2014 6:04:45 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

We’ve got deer ticks here as well as dog ticks. We had to find a new family doctor because ours, who did extensive research into Lyme, had his license suspended because the medical board didn’t like how he was choosing to treat the numerous cases of Lyme around here. He chose to retire to just continue his research instead of fighting the establishment.


49 posted on 06/18/2014 6:26:13 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: acapesket
"If you think you were bit, jump in a bathtub w/ at least 4 cups equal parts of baking soda and epsom salts, stay submerged to your neck for at least half an hour and continually dunk your hair and face."

What is the purpose of doing this?

I have just pulled a tick off of me...

50 posted on 07/04/2014 8:09:58 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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