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Old 05-06-2010, 11:02 AM
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OK, I've seriously got the heebie jeebies over this. I just pulled a tick of Joey's scalp yesterday as we were leaving Justin's occupational therapy appointment across town. I doubt it was waiting for us in the car but this is the 3rd one in about a month that I've pulled off my kids.

What else can I do? I got him early; none have been engorged with blood. I've sprayed that pet/kid safe stuff in the trees around the house and I'm trying to clean up the landscaping around the house and hopefully drive away all the critters.

Does anybody know what's the best way of keeping ticks under control? I'm actually finding them inside the car and house. *shudders*
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:16 AM
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All we ever did was wait out the season and check the kids regularly. We only had wood ticks, so there was little fear of lyme disease. Are yours all wood ticks or do you have deer ticks as well?
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:50 AM
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OK, I've seriously got the heebie jeebies over this. I just pulled a tick of Joey's scalp yesterday as we were leaving Justin's occupational therapy appointment across town. I doubt it was waiting for us in the car but this is the 3rd one in about a month that I've pulled off my kids.

What else can I do? I got him early; none have been engorged with blood. I've sprayed that pet/kid safe stuff in the trees around the house and I'm trying to clean up the landscaping around the house and hopefully drive away all the critters.

Does anybody know what's the best way of keeping ticks under control? I'm actually finding them inside the car and house. *shudders*
Not sure about driving them away from The Great Outdoors--I'm not too familiar w/your part of PA--closet I've been is Clymer. There might be a product out there that'll do the job--depending upon where they're coming from.

What we'd do in the Army sometimes when going to the field: flea/tick collar around one boot.

I'm more concerned about whether or not you're using the "proper" technique to remove the critters--i.e. tweezers or chemical (I don't remember what--Mein Leibchen just handed me first cup 'o coffeee). The idea, which I assume you know, is to make sure you remove the head/don't leave it attached to the child(s). In the case of the latter, something fairly common (like rubbing alcohol or vaseline--I ask Mum when I get to the hospital later) in most people's houses, it will make the tick pull out and withdraw--not as fast and "satisfying" as yanking the sucker out and stomping it, but effective.

You probably want to call a good pest control specialist as far as the car and the house--could always start by vaccuming the crap out of everything.

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Old 05-06-2010, 12:27 PM
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If you live in a neighborhood you should contact your HOA. That's about all an HOA is good for, so tell them they need to fumigate the neigborhood.

If you are blessed to not live under some such regime, you should fumigate yourself. You can get foggers and the appropriate chemical from a GOOD hardware store. That means not the big box, but someplace locally owned and operated. If you have them in your car, you have a severe infestation.

Ticks like to live in debris. Time to clear out all the mulch and dead leaves from everyplace in the yard and burn it. Cut your grass extra close. Flea and tick powders are innefective. You need a liquid agent to kill the ticks.

If you are reluctant to mess with the chemicals yourself, call whoever has your termite bond and ask them to treat for ticks.

As someone who has had lyme's disease from a tick bite, you don't want to screw around. Ticks are like snakes and politicians: the only good one is a dead one.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:24 PM
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Master Gardener mode kicking in.

http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/ticks
http://ento.psu.edu/extension/factsheets/pdf/ticks.pdf

Both have prevention information. But they say that ticks are found in the woods and tall grass areas. If you lawn is tall, mow it shorter, at least until the ticks are gone from you and your kids. If you have a dog or cat that goes in and out, check them or, better yet, take them to the vet to be searched and vaccinated from some really nasty viruses. Make sure to keep an eye out for signs of Lyme disease. It's not fun.

You should also give a call to your county Extension where they should have local information that will account for trends and the latest information from medical sources about cases of Lyme. They may even ask you to bring one in for identification.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:38 PM
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Thanks, 57.

FWIW yesterday I used Purell on the sucker which may have caused him to pull out. He was on there pretty good but after a few seconds of going at him with the keys he came loose. I tossed him out the door into the parking lot. I don't know if she (I hear the only females are the bloodsuckers!) was lying in wait in the van or if she'd paradropped from the tree above the entrance to the building we'd just come out of. I'll be sure to pack the tweezers if there's a next time. Regardless, I'm going to bomb the car and clean it up; the kids have messed it up pretty bad anyway.

As for the stuff I've used to spray the yard/trees, it's one of those liquid bottles that hook up to the garden hose. I made it a point to spray the ground and the sycamore branches in Justin's favorite hidey spot (where he likes to kick off his shoes and socks and crap his pants.) There another spot next to the driveway where we have a huge evergreen that likes to shed its long needles. I could definitely see the resulting blanket of needles underneath as being a prime sanctuary for them. I'll be sure to douse it (again) and sweep them all up. Unfortunately we're not allowed to burn stuff here in Allegheny county.

I'm also hesitant to use harsh chemicals given that my kids are very prone to pick up strange things and put them in their mouths. I try to keep stuff out of their reach but they've proven to be pretty resourceful. The stuff I used claims to be kid and pet safe which is why I bought it but if it doesn't work then I'll be buying my kids high boots and overalls at Wal-Mart or wherever I can find them.

As for what type of tick it is, I took Justin (and the first tick) to the pediatrician after we discovered tucked inside his ear and she took a look at it. she proclaimed that it was not a deer tick, but now I'm second-guessing that. They're about the size of the end of a push pin (the kind you use on bulletin boards) and are dark reddish-brown which a circular mark on their back.
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Old 05-06-2010, 02:06 PM
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Seriously. Call your extension and find out what they're experiencing.

http://allegheny.extension.psu.edu/
412-473-2540

They'll be able to tell you what kind it is if you have a photo or drop off the real thing, and they'll know what pesticides work best in your area and safe application technique. You're paying for the service already.
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It's not just lyme disease that ticks carry. Deer ticks usually. There are others. My boy got one in the ass a week or so ago and the spot is still sore looking. No rings as of yet. It wasn't a deer tick though. Maybe he'll get Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Ahhhhh.

Ticks suck. You go outside. You're likely exposed to ticks. Grass, trees, pine straw and everywhere. They hang on grass trying to get on passing deer.

Education kicking in. LOL. I won't do it.
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It's not just lyme disease that ticks carry. Deer ticks usually. There are others. My boy got one in the ass a week or so ago and the spot is still sore looking. No rings as of yet. It wasn't a deer tick though. Maybe he'll get Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Ahhhhh.

Ticks suck. You go outside. You're likely exposed to ticks. Grass, trees, pine straw and everywhere. They hang on grass trying to get on passing deer.

Education kicking in. LOL. I won't do it.
Got my truck stuck in the back 40 when I lived back in Gimli. Spent an hour or so getting it out. Came home, stripped down on the back porch and pulled about 25 ticks off. Fun, fun, fun!
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