Tick Checking, an Important Job that can be Fun

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Tick Checking, an Important Job that can be Fun

Though ticks are around throughout the year, we are now in the hieght of Tick Season in this part of the country.

You don’t have to go anywhere near the woods to be found by a wood tick or a deer tick.  We find most of them are lurking in the grass between the road and the woods and sometimes even in our lawn.

When I was a kid we did not get too excited about ticks, they were just a part of summer.  Lyme disease was not something that we had heard of yet but we still did a daily tick check just because we did not want one of these frisky little blood suckers ballooning up on some hidden part of our body.

When I was in college during the early 80’s Lyme disease became a serious and somewhat mysterious issue with ticks, worse yet it was in the wood tick’s tiny cousin the Deer Tick.

Now tick checks became a neccessity, and a check for the deer ticks is not an easy check since these fellows are TINY.

Though the disease can be serious, I still don’t get too concerned about these little fellows.  Most of the time they reveal themselves by bumping into hairs as they travel up your body and can be picked off and disposed of.

Also most of them will be washed off if you take a shower within a few hours of picking up a tick.

And for those ticks who get by this step, it can be fun to have a friend (generally your spouse) do a check either in the shower or afterwards.

But if all of this fails and you do get one of these fellows embedded on your body, especially if it shows the telltale bullseye type target around the tick or if you are feeling like you have the flu in the summer, go see a doctor where they will start you on an antibiotic treatment.

 

 

Thanks to Margaret Rome for the song suggestion, though I may know a lot about Ticks, I don't know much about country music so I had not heard of this song until now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ps, if you don’t have someone to help with the tick check, our friend Anna may be able to put you in touch with people who do this as part of a community servicehttp://activerain.com/blogsview/4412823/tick-warning-#17906796

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I had no idea the life of a tick was so short Bob. Also found it interesting how few times the tick feeds.

Jun 09, 2014 05:40 PM #1
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Joe Petrowsky
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Good morning Bob. I have been pretty lucky over the years, without any real damage. These little menaces can do some real damage to the body.

Jun 09, 2014 06:40 PM #2
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Oh yes, we used to find these in our dog.  I guess she was too big for the flea & tick collar.  Now, we would have had frontline.

My brother was the expert at removing them.

Jun 09, 2014 06:54 PM #3
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Hi Bob - I hate those freakin' things.  Our dog brings them in the house, too.  I have been bitten several times but not long enough for the tick to transfer Lyme disease (24+ hours of feeding).  I did read that not all deer ticks carry Lyme and, even if one does and is on its host long enough, the anitbodies of a human reduce the chances of contracting full-blown Lyme to 1 in 10,000.  Regardless, we check ourselves constantly.

Jun 09, 2014 07:59 PM #4
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Beth and Richard Witt
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My kids use to get ticks when then were little and it always freaked me out... Never thought of the shower as a solution just would run to the doctor with them...

Jun 09, 2014 08:09 PM #5
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Lottie Kendall
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It's interesting how some people seem to be more attractive to ticks than others. My husand and I can go on the same hike, sit on the same grassy hillside for lunch --- and he'll come home with a tick while I won't. It guess it evens out -- I get the sunburns!

Jun 09, 2014 10:59 PM #6
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William Feela
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HMM, don't tell my wife but I may be able to be a tick inspector.

You are right, it can be fun with a willing partner!

Jun 10, 2014 08:40 AM #7
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Lou Ludwig
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Eric

Thanks for sharing the heads up on the tick's.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 10, 2014 11:03 AM #8
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Bob, Here is the perfect song ...Check you for ticks

Jun 10, 2014 02:49 PM #9
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Thanks for stopping by friends, ticks can be a pain, so it pays to find a way to laugh about them.

Enjoyed your song Margaret, will add it to the post in a few minutes. 

Bill, you should check out Anna's post at the link above while starting your tick inspection service, it will make you laugh.

Jun 10, 2014 04:28 PM #10
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Bob, Thank you for an informative post. Your information is very accurate. The song is nice touch. I never thought of adding a song to a serious posting. Also, Thank you for the mention of my post regarding picking off ticks. Have a great week. 

Jun 10, 2014 04:46 PM #11
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Bob, I don't like ticks but my husband hates them. I am sure to check carefully after  being outside and in the brush.

Jun 10, 2014 09:11 PM #12
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Bob-It is really something to see an insect so small that can cause so much pain and discomfort.

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Hi Bob,

I have had to remove ticks off my dogs in the past. I hate it but what we do is heat the tip of a straight pin and then hold the dog down and poke the pin into the tick and it quickly removes itself from the skin and grab it with tweezers and burn it. A lot of work for a tiny little blood sucker.

Jun 16, 2014 01:50 PM #14
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Thanks for sharing these reports, our clients gain value from of this type of information.

 

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