Tick Checking, a Critical Part of Summer in the Northwoods!

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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.














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Melissa Jackson
Riverside Homebuilders - Sales Consultant - Springtown, TX
Your New Home Sales Consultant in Parker County

I hate ticks!  Reminds me of this song.

Jun 15, 2017 09:38 PM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


They are disgusting creatures and I don't miss them from New England. But if you are in a tick area, this is an important warning!


Jun 15, 2017 10:13 PM #2
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

It's very important and please everybody check your homes for all of us or just keep a good eye out...

Jun 15, 2017 10:30 PM #3
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I didn't know they were in not in New England, Jeff That's interesting. Somehow, I never knew that

Jun 15, 2017 10:32 PM #4
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the information. I will bookmark this post and share it with others.

Jun 16, 2017 03:40 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good Morning Bob - this is something we check for here in Armonk NY.  It is best to go to the doctor immediately.

Jun 16, 2017 03:56 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Bob.  Timely reminder for us city folk who might be considering a romp in the woods or even a trip to the suburbs! Enjoy your day!

Jun 16, 2017 05:45 AM #7
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Great info shared here by you, Bob Crane . You know, that shower exam might really be fun!

Jun 16, 2017 05:51 AM #8
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Bob we have a big problem with Lyme Disease around here.  I have been very fortunate to not have be bitten by one of those tiny ticks.

Jun 16, 2017 04:04 PM #9
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

To see all of you were taking this seriously and everybody's checking everything out as we all should. :)

Jun 16, 2017 11:01 PM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I'm seeing all of you who have problems ticks and I'm wishing all the best for all of you. Love and light! George Souto

Jun 16, 2017 11:02 PM #11
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well Bob having lived in Europe and the East Coast I am familiar with the little buggers... and like Jeff Dowler  said I do not miss them either, Endre

Jun 16, 2017 11:25 PM #12
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Having suffered from Lyme's disease I keep my eyes peeled and there definitely seems to be an infestation of them this year. Have found 2 on me this year having bitten, plus a lot more, the cats bring them in and then of course they just have to sit on you.

Jun 17, 2017 07:32 AM #13
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

My husband is constantly on tick alert and that is good. I had a dream one night that one was crawling on my stomach and woke up to find one embedded in my tummy. Very strange.

Jun 17, 2017 07:27 PM #14
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Our local County Forest Preserves just released info regarding ticks too, Bob Crane .. so as you point out, it's a timely topic.  These little buggers can cause real problems ... so best to know how to rid ourselves of them.  Thanks for sharing your knowledge .. and info ...


Jun 18, 2017 04:36 PM #15
Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

Great reminder to check for ticks. Seems they are prevalent in many parts of the country. Here in Maryland, we frequently have to check for ticks, both on humans and pets. Those pesky little suckers appear without warning.

Jun 19, 2017 06:37 PM #16
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Bob,

Time to pack some tweezers & wipes, as we are out & about, in case a shower is not close. Lyme disease is very debilitating. 

Jun 20, 2017 08:06 AM #17
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Bob, you have chosen a topic that is getting a lot of national attention, Ticks.

As you point out it is more than just being "buggy" it is about the serious consequences that can follow a tick bite.

Good information and thanks for sharing.

Jun 20, 2017 12:51 PM #18
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Bob I'm glad we don't have to think about ticks in my neck of the woods.  But if we go up to Northern AZ  hiking etc then we do.

Jun 20, 2017 03:34 PM #19
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I agree with Anna!  We don't have them down here, but I've always attracted them in my home state of Kansas!  Once I found one in my belly button that had been hiding there!

Jun 20, 2017 08:29 PM #20
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