Ahhh,Ticks!

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  1. kuvash

    kuvash Friend of Leo's

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    The intermittent rains quit,the weather warmed and the
    ticks arrived...found my first one of the season.
     
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    Eeewwww.
     
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    Be careful or you'll end up like me:

    Alpha Gal allergy.

    Basically no mammal products for the rest of your life/occasional anaphylaxis if you accidentally eat some bacon or a burger thanks to tick bites.

    Add them to the list of species we can totally eliminate from the earth.
     
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    We hike in the South all winter.

    There's stupid numbers of whitetail deer in these woods.

    We find ticks on us from hiking, all winter. Arkansas is the worst IMO for ticks.

    Daisy gets Trifexis monthly, and I'm wondering if the dosage has been tweaked down by the manufacturer, because the ticks we used to find mortally ill on her are now strong enough to migrate onto blankets, into packs, onto car seats and they sometimes end up on us. Those "secondary" ticks outnumber the ones that glom directly onto the human off vegetation on the trail. They're slow and stupid from the poison but they really complicate "tick removal protocol". It is IMO actually easier and more predictable, the way the healthy and determined tick behaves and I'm conditioned to detect and dispatch them. But a tick that gets eventually to me, lazy and by indirect means, I'm just not accustomed to that.


    But mostly I'm worried about all this flooding, in AR and adjacent MO. Kinda puzzled, nobody is talking about this. There's one heck of a lot of water up in there; I saw some in AR yesterday afternoon and evening - I shoulda stayed out of those people's way.
     
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    Nuthin's worse than a tick on the tip of your **** during or after a day in the woods. Uuuugh Isn't it funny that the ticks usually come out around tax season?
     
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    They're a daily nuisance round here, kids, dog, me, etc. I hate em. IMG_20170419_095546.jpg
     
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    Trifexis is not labelled to kill ticks -- just fleas, heartworm and intestinal parasites.

    If you want tick coverage, ask your vet for Nexgard or a Seresto collar :)
     
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    They are becoming a big problem here in SE Michigan too.
     
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    yeah but you live in the woods, and they live in the woods too. I understand the nuisance, but you might have guessed it before having a house here. Nice backyard though.

    Don t you have sprays to prevent them for getting you ?
     
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    Them and their cousin the Mosquito are not invited to my party .
     
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    A close family friend was bitten by a tick about 3-4 years ago and developed encephalitis. He was in intensive care about a month, and has suffered significant brain damage. He's only about 70, but his wife has had to place him in a nursing home for round-the-clock-care. Be careful when you're in the woods, and check yourself and your animals daily.
     
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    Yup, ticks suck!
     
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    It is what it is,they are just par for the course in
    these parts it means summer is here.
     
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    I'm waiting for a tree hugger to suggest catch and release
     
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    Oh yes, I spray VERY regular and I still wouldn't trade it for anything. Elbow room.
     
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    I have a neighbor who was apparently bitten on two separate occasions by ticks and contracted Lyme's disease. And by the time the doctors diagnosed it, the damage was done. The guy's life (as I understand it) is a total mess. He's never even said one word to me. He looks like the walking dead. Everything, I mean everything (food, light, noise, sleep, people) affects his ability to function. He stays indoors basically 24-7. He eats only special foods. He lives with his sister and relies on her for constant care.

    I cannot imagine what he is going through. All because he liked camping and got bitten. Apparently a very normal guy before all this happened.

    I am now forever paranoid about ticks.
     
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    AK.... no ticks (yet). no chiggers either. mosquito.... ya, we got those
     
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    I'd like a tablet I can take to keep the ticks off me! :^)

    I guess I lost track. I can tell you that a tick on a dog of mine before Trifexis, meant serious peril for the dog indeed. Barney got so ill one time from an undetected tick on him that somehow escaped a bunch of thorough inspections (including 2 by vets). But since we have been using Trifexis, the ticks seem to suffer to the extent they give up on my dogs - or they're so knocked silly we pick them off with great ease (once we see 'em).

    I don't remember the Nexgard collar working very well.
     
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    Yup, ticks carry a bunch of different diseases. Probably some we don't even know about yet.

    The active ingredient (spinosad) may have some effect on ticks, but if Elanco thought they could get approval for that label, I think they would have done it!

    Nexgard is a tablet -- it's what I recommend to my clients (usually). My dogs think they're delicious. But, I do not recommend you eat it yourself :) The collar is Seresto -- labelled to kill fleas and ticks. I'm in the Pacific NW. Lots of fleas, not too bad with ticks. My clients seem to like it pretty well.
     
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