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Old 01-06-2010, 10:54   #16
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ticks are a fact of life many places and while gross, usually harmless. Lyme is a location specific problem (US map) and if you are not in a hot area you prolly don't need to worry about it.

I find that the easiest way to remove ticks is by *unscrewing* them. Grip firmly and turn in an unscrewing motion and they back out on their own, leaving nothing behind under the skin and less itchy sore spots.
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You sure it was a tick and not a flea?

Fleas do jump. And they are small blood sucking pests.
And difficult to crush, more so than a tick.

Fleas are attracted to vibration, so a hand tapping on the cockpit deck will soon attact any laying in wait for a blood meal.

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ticks are a fact of life many places and while gross, usually harmless. Lyme is a location specific problem (US map) and if you are not in a hot area you prolly don't need to worry about it.
Respectufully, I disagree. Ticks are in such abundance worldwide that they are a real hazard. Everywhere they go, they latch themselves onto otherwise healthy organisms and slowly drain their life. Worse, they tend to spread all manner of disease, including venereal disease. They are nearly impossible to defeat. Once you get rid of one, another equally annoying one takes its place. In fact, they are so insidious and widespread that seldom are ticks mentioned without the greek prefix for "many", poly.

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  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a serious, generalized illness that is usually spread by the bite of an infected tick.
  • Anyone who is exposed to areas where ticks live or to pets with ticks is at risk for Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever is treatable with antibiotics. Without treatment, the disease can be fatal.
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be prevented by: 1) avoiding tick bites, 2) removing attached ticks promptly, and 3) getting early diagnosis and treatment.
Fraid I have to agree with LtBrett on this one.
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Tick-borne meningoencephalitis or Tick-borne encephalitis is a tick-borne viral infection of the central nervous system affecting humans as well as most other mammals. It is caused by the tick-borne encephalitis virus.
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Respectufully, I disagree. Ticks are in such abundance worldwide that they are a real hazard. Everywhere they go, they latch themselves onto otherwise healthy organisms and slowly drain their life.
I think you have ticks confused with tax collectors..... or ambulance chasing lawyers....
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If you have been walking anywhere ashore where there are ticks, you could easily have picked them up without being aware of it. Ticks seem to climb up walls, tall grass, foliage and what have you and jump on or drop on the backs of their victims. Some ticks are almost too small to be seen at first.

We live on the edge of the woods and had terrible problems with ticks one year until an exterminator came to our house and treated not only the yard and surrounding area but all of the foliage and low hanging trees within 50 yards as well. If you happen to bring one aboard and it lays eggs, you can have a major problem. Some friends of ours with a dog managed to get an infestation aboard and had a heck of a time getting the boat cleaned out to say nothing of the suffering the animal endured.

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Respectufully, I disagree. Ticks are in such abundance worldwide that they are a real hazard. Everywhere they go, they latch themselves onto otherwise healthy organisms and slowly drain their life. Worse, they tend to spread all manner of disease, including venereal disease. They are nearly impossible to defeat. Once you get rid of one, another equally annoying one takes its place. In fact, they are so insidious and widespread that seldom are ticks mentioned without the greek prefix for "many", poly.

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Well, that's why Baskin Robbins makes 31 flavours I guess...

You live in a much riskier world than I. If the tick risk is localized to particular areas, and particular seasons as all tick borne diseases are, and most ticks will do nothing but grab a free lunch if they are allowed to hang around long enough... well... there you have it. I would take, in the high risk areas, precautions, but it's not on my big list of scary things...............

...................man I think I have been had....
poly-ticks....

uh. yeah ok. Yer right. polyticians are insidious blood sucking life drainers...

good one ; -D
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In E. Texas where I grew up, they were almost as common as the tall grass where they love to hang out. Along with the chiggers, another insidious blood sucking life drainer.

The common method of prevention was the use of sulfur powder. Liberally applied everywhere below the waist, all the way into the shoes, both inside and outside the clothing.

It was pretty effective, but you were always glad for the shower after a hike.

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...................man I think I have been had....
poly-ticks....
He got me on that one...
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And they are small blood sucking pests.
Nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
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