Friday, June 22, 2012


We have a lot of ticks here.

A lot.

Seriously.   A LOT.

We've been picking berries all over the place.   Which means walking through a lot of long grass.  And when I got back to the house last time, I was covered with ticks.

It's just part of being out here.   We're used to them.

I pulled a few off my pants on my hand so I could show you what they look like.   Click on the pic to biggify.

Those tiny deer ticks are the size of a pin head.

The dog tick in the center looks like it has a white patch but it doesn't.   They're really shiny and that white is a reflection.  They're brown with grey patterns on them.

The lone star tick has a white dot in the center of its back.

They're all pretty small.   And very good at hiding.   And biting.  In all the wrong places.

I tell my kids to pay attention to their tickles and itches.  Ticks tickle when they walk on you.   A tick bite will start to itch pretty quickly after it latches on.   If you always check your itches, then you'll be able to pull it off before it is attached long enough to give you something. 

A tick has to be attached for 48 hours to give you Lyme Disease.    That's plenty of time to find an itch and take the tick off. 

You don't have to do anything special to get the tick off, just grab it and tug.  [Despite loads of urban legends to the contrary.]  You can use tweezers for the tiny ones, but 99% of the time you can just use your fingernails.

You can spray yourself with bug spray, but remember that if it kills the ticks, it'll kill you, too.    We much prefer just paying attention to tickles and itches and then taking a tick off if one happens to bite.  


  1. I always used to get ticks in my head from climbing up in trees all day and they were pretty big ones. The last time I got a tick was when I first got back here from Japan and went for a long walk around Lake Monroe. It was in a bad place, awkward for me to reach. No one present in my household would touch it. I had to go get a doctor to yank it out. Clay never ever let me live that down. Have a good morning Robin!

  2. When John was in the hospital, his nurse found a tick in his hair and it had been there quite a while as it was full of blood. Yuck.

  3. Great photo of the three types of tick we get here for comparison!! We search pretty carefully usually, and we're not so worried about the dog ticks, but the dang deer ticks are so small and so hard to find (especially when you have black hair like 3 of us do) and are the carriers of Lyme Disease that they do worry me some.

  4. Interesting story...and comments. I wonder if maybe the allergic reaction isn't directly from the meat, but the hormones/antibiotics, or other unnatural items that the livestock were fed?
    I know in certain areas they are treated with pesticides. If the pesticide has a mechanism that attacks the tick, then we may have an answer.

  5. i found a tick in my hair yesterday it was a dog tick there harmless i dont really freak out about it tho


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