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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
May 1, 2017 1:26 PM CST
As a recipient of Lyme Disease, this article may be useful to some.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017

Get ready for ticks
Jeffrey Hahn, Extension Entomologist

Spring has arrived and as we start enjoying our favorite outdoor activities, don’t let your fun be ruined by ticks. Although it is difficult to make predictions on the severity of ticks in a given season, it does appear because of our mild winter, that we may experience a year of above average tick numbers. However regardless of how abundant they are, ticks are always a concern that people should remember so they can take the proper precautions to protect themselves when outdoors.

Adult female blacklegged (deer) tick, a potential vector of
Lyme disease. Photo: Jeff Hahn, U of M Extension

There are two common ticks in Minnesota; the blacklegged tick (also called deer tick) and the American dog tick (also called wood tick). Both ticks are nuisances because they bite to take a blood meal from not only people but also pests including dogs and horses. Blacklegged (deer) ticks are a health problem because they are a potential vector of Lyme disease and other diseases (see Tick-borne disease in Minnesota). Both of these ticks are common in grassy fields and the underbrush

Keeping ticks out of your yard is challenging, especially when property is adjacent to natural habitat. Fortunately ticks generally are not found in lawns that are kept short. Routinely mowing brushy areas along the perimeter of lawns will help minimize ticks from moving into yards. If large numbers of ticks are present, it is possible to treat the perimeter with an insecticide to help reduce the number of ticks that may move into that area. It is not practical or effective to treat an entire area of natural habitat.to control ticks.

Tick tubes and tick boxes are sold for blacklegged (deer) tick control. Mice enter tick tubes and can take insecticide-impregnated cotton back to their burrows as nesting material. The insecticide kills ticks that occur on the mice. Although research has shown tick numbers are reduced, it has not demonstrated a decrease in the number of infected ticks.

Tick boxes, sold through licensed applicators, treat mice that feed on bait inside the box. While they feed, they are treated with an insecticide that will kill ticks infesting the mice. It has demonstrated they can reduce a large of number of ticks found on mice, although it has not demonstrated an ability to reduce the incidence of Lyme disease in the treatment area. It does not hurt anything to use these devices, although their use may not achieve the desired control that is sought.

Regardless of what you do on your property, use personal protection when you are out in known tick areas. Take these steps to protect yourself from ticks:
of hardwood forests.
Stay on trails and avoid when possible walking into brushy, grassy areas where ticks are more common.
Wear long, light colored pants so ticks are easier to detect. For additional protection, tuck your pants into your socks.
Use repellants: Deet can be treated on clothes and skin while products containing permethrin are applied just to clothing
Do a tick check when you return from the outdoors. They are small and can be easily overlooked so look carefully. Be sure to look in out of the way places, like behind ears or behind knees.
If you do find a tick, especially if it has been biting, get it positively identified. While American dog ticks are not an important disease vector, blacklegged (deer) ticks can transmit a variety of diseases, especially Lyme disease.

For more information, see Ticks and their control.
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Name: greene
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May 2, 2017 5:06 PM CST
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
May 11, 2017 10:20 PM CST
I am one of those lucky individuals who can feel ticks or mosquitos on me immediately. My cats sometimes give me one, but I usually find the tick on them first and crack it between my fingernails after removal. We seldom have a tick on us long enough to get a grip.

Forgive the rough language, but one cat had a tick on her anus ( a place I seldom explore, LOL) and THAT was a difficult removal. My scars healed well, but I hope not to repeat the event!
Name: Sasha Wiseman
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DaisyRyder
May 13, 2017 11:28 AM CST
I once met a man in Malibu (aptly nicknamed Veggie Muscle) who was promised to come visit us at the park we were staying. He had to delay the event because he had a tick. Being from Florida, I am a skilled tick remover and told him to just come on by and I'd pluck it off of him.
Instead he went to the doctor and paid $100 for them to remove it. They put it in a little jar for him to keep. O.O. It was the most awkward tick related event I've been privy to.

... A quick dab of vinegar on the embedded tick always makes removal easy.
Seedticks are the worst kind. They'll change your life once you've had a few hundred stuck to your legs at once.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
May 13, 2017 1:58 PM CST
I'd hate to think of having had to pay for removing all the ticks I've pulled off over the years... (myself and the pets). Sticking tongue out
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Bonehead
May 14, 2017 8:21 AM CST
I hear it's going to be a bad year for ticks. Be vigilant.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
May 14, 2017 6:55 PM CST
Pulled one off my collie's nose a few hours ago (collies have really LONG noses, Hilarious! ) I guess technically it was his "face." Or "snout." Shrug!
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
May 14, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Too bad they do not have vaccine for people like they do for dogs!
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Name: Sasha Wiseman
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DaisyRyder
May 15, 2017 12:40 PM CST
crawgarden said:Too bad they do not have vaccine for people like they do for dogs!


I've always wondered that. Why aren't there flea/tick drops/pills for humans? Or better yet, dog food for humans?
Name: greene
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greene
May 15, 2017 12:50 PM CST
Humans, especially those who work with animals, can/should be vaccinated to prevent rabies.
https://www.passporthealthusa....

Don't know if there is a similar prevention against fleas and ticks.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
May 15, 2017 5:40 PM CST
I didn't realize there was any situation where people were vaccinated against rabies before exposure was suspected... good post, Greene!

as far as fleas and ticks -- it would be more a vaccine against the diseases they carry that would be needed. The products for pets just kill the fleas and ticks, they don't vaccinate against the diseases; although there is a vaccine for Lyme, which is carried by ticks.
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LindaTX8
May 15, 2017 6:16 PM CST
There is no human Lyme Disease vaccine available now. New vaccines in cases where the government doesn't give the pharmaceutical company that puts it out sufficient legal protection against lawsuits...well, it just becomes too problematic for the company.
https://www.historyofvaccines....
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
May 16, 2017 7:59 AM CST
I wasn't very clear with my post ... should have said that there's a Lyme vaccine for dogs. *Blush*
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