Tick bites and Lyme disease

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CatfishHunter

Member
Dec 8, 2020
63
Minnesota
My brother-in-law got Lyme Disease not long after they diagnosed him with testicular cancer. He beat the cancer for a while but then it traveled to his brain. Mayo Clinic did four brain surgeries before it finally took him down. The doctors were extremely interested in his case as they had never seen it travel the way that it did from crotch to brain. I'm convinced that Lyme Disease was the catalyst, but it's kind of moot at this point.

I roast every tick that I find until it pops, or cut them in half with a knife. Those suckers deserve a terrible death for latching onto me.
 

NickW

Minister of Fire
Oct 16, 2019
730
SE WI
Yep. Roast them buggers! My wife got Lyme's disease this past summer. Never realized it was a deer tick instead of a wood tick. Had never seen one before. Luckily our doctor recognized the symptoms even though it wasn't the traditional bullseye rash.
 

MrCool1

Member
Oct 6, 2021
54
OR
the ticks got crazy bad here in 2018 - I just turned the chickens loose for about a month, spotting them (the ticks) became tough, as the numbers went down fast. and now the girls have a HUGE pen. they basically have the barrier between us and the woods - double benefit, they are also my firebreak crew, and they make my breakfast. Triple benefit!
I should go give them a treat. I haven't seen a tick in a couple years
I had always heard that guinea hens are the best at clearing out ticks, but they are such a noisy bird if you have neighbors - they alert on predators and things they don't recognize - and the chickens exceeded expectations.
 

ispinwool

Feeling the Heat
Feb 5, 2010
276
Butler County, Pa.
....since this group is all about asking questions: we have 30 acres
we hunt on and it's thick with ticks. Do any of you have any suggestions for killing ticks in such a
big area?
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
7,205
Northern NH
Guinea Fowl will eat ticks but they will drive you crazy while they are doing it.
 

MrCool1

Member
Oct 6, 2021
54
OR
....since this group is all about asking questions: we have 30 acres
we hunt on and it's thick with ticks. Do any of you have any suggestions for killing ticks in such a
big area?
Peakbagger is so right on both counts, but maybe then hunt guineas later? a crazy hard freeze for a few months might slow them down. the ticks. I don't know if there is a "safe" for us spray for them like we used for the filbert moth. BT is what helped there and stay tilth, if memory serves. we paid a helicopter service to spray a little over 100 acres.
i have no idea but I doubt the same stuff would get the nasty ticks.
guineas are crazy prehistoric looking birds. crazy loud.
just saw in your signature - 1st grandbaby in september - congrats! I tell everyone that if I had known how much fun the grandkids would be, I would have skipped all the bother in the middle!
 
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ispinwool

Feeling the Heat
Feb 5, 2010
276
Butler County, Pa.
Peakbagger is so right on both counts, but maybe then hunt guineas later? a crazy hard freeze for a few months might slow them down. the ticks. I don't know if there is a "safe" for us spray for them like we used for the filbert moth. BT is what helped there and stay tilth, if memory serves. we paid a helicopter service to spray a little over 100 acres.
i have no idea but I doubt the same stuff would get the nasty ticks.
guineas are crazy prehistoric looking birds. crazy loud.
just saw in your signature - 1st grandbaby in september - congrats! I tell everyone that if I had known how much fun the grandkids would be, I would have skipped all the bother in the middle!
THANKS!! She's sooooo precious!!!
My hubby's dad said the same thing! "if I'd known how much fun grandkids were, I'd have had them first!" LOL ;)

And I haven't ever heard of anything that's safe for groundwater sources/us/domesticated critters to spray such a big area
to kill ticks... I've also heard that Guineas aren't very smart; If we turned some loose, I'm betting they wouldn't live long. But
I don't know much about them...might be worth it...
 

ispinwool

Feeling the Heat
Feb 5, 2010
276
Butler County, Pa.
THANKS!! She's sooooo precious!!!
My hubby's dad said the same thing! "if I'd known how much fun grandkids were, I'd have had them first!" LOL ;)

And I haven't ever heard of anything that's safe for groundwater sources/us/domesticated critters to spray such a big area
to kill ticks... I've also heard that Guineas aren't very smart; If we turned some loose, I'm betting they wouldn't live long. But
I don't know much about them...might be worth it...
I continue to forget that double exclamation points show up as "shocked"... I am NOT shocked that
my Granddaughter is precious... **face palm**
 

weatherguy

Minister of Fire
Feb 20, 2009
5,891
Central Mass
....since this group is all about asking questions: we have 30 acres
we hunt on and it's thick with ticks. Do any of you have any suggestions for killing ticks in such a
big area?
Best thing to do in your case is preventive measures with deet or some other spray when you walk into the woods. You can spray around the house but 30 acres it way too much to keep spraying. Or you can get guinea hens to roam.
 
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CatfishHunter

Member
Dec 8, 2020
63
Minnesota
Napalm. Agent Orange. Nothing is going to "knock out" the ticks where you hunt and anything that does, is likely going to have other unintended effects that aren't good for the environment.

When the ticks are bad and I'm spending time in the woods, I wear a pair of thin white jeans that are my "tick" jeans. I tuck the bottoms into my socks, where a white long sleeve that hugs my wrists, and tuck that long sleeve into my pants. I can catch 99% of the wood ticks that way. Deer ticks are obviously harder. If you are hunting, go blaze orange everything and again keep on the lookout for ticks crawling on you.

This summer, I came home from the woods and found a deer tick on the underside of my forearm a few days later. I plucked it and it stayed red for a week or two. I mentioned it to my doctor who put me on the tick medicine just in case. I never got the bullseye or anything else thank goodness.
 

rottiman

Minister of Fire
Sep 23, 2009
1,249
Ontario Canada
TICK"S SUCK.................................... Had to put my dog thru TWO
rounds of heavy duty treatment to beat a severe case of Lyme.
3 months of treatment and 2300 bucks later she is Lyme free
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clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
2,330
Colorado
That's terrible and my all these vet's are so so expensive but your doggy is still alive and we all love our dogs...Sometimes I have to take pigeons to FT Collins Vet Hospital for surgery and the price is just as bad...when they have to have surgery but it is so good to see them flying and walking when they would have not be able to and your vet bills will become a thing of the past when you dog gives you a good tail wag...Ticks are really terrible and be careful and save all the medicine for it might come in handy some day....But yes lots of money spent..and suck ticks--terrible..clancey
 
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