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Old 04-24-2018, 02:14 AM   #1
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TICKS!

All is happiness and joy of being a new owner just now got frightening.

I have not had a tick on me in some 40 years. Now being out in nature with the dogs walking on Huckleberry Trail over here in Blacksburg, Va there is a stinkin tick crawling. Where was I when I found it on my neck? Yeah, listening to my Daughter in law playing the piano over here at Virginia Tech. Did I scream, no, but my heart rate went up significantly.

Where did I pick that up, or was it one of the dogs.

NOW WHAT? Are there anymore crawling around in my camper, should I get it fumigated, the dogs just got their doses of flea and tick meds 2 days ago.

I am wide awake at 4:00 a.m. can't go back to sleep.

what does everyone else do.

PLEASE do not tell me the horror stories as I am already freaked out and more bad news will make me go nuts, probably drive DH really nuts.

Shall I have a fumigator spray this camper?
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Old 04-24-2018, 04:32 AM   #2
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We encounter ticks at least once a year, usually on the dog. I have a spoon like device with a groove in it for removal. It gets the whole tick most of the time. My wife picked up a deer tick last fall. We went to the doctor because of the possibility of Lyme disease. He wrote a prescription, one pill, done. Ticks are gross and disgusting and hard to avoid especially if have a pet. If you get the whole tick, you will heal quickly. If not, it will take longer. Keep an eye on it. Not much else you can do.
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:20 AM   #3
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Ticks need a host, so no need to worry about the camper.
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:51 AM   #4
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Both myself and my wife have had our share of problems caused by ticks, some quite serious. They crawl up on blades of grass or twigs of bushes and extend their hooked front legs, waiting for you to brush by, be picked up and start their next stage in life. There may be some in your trailer if the pets shook them off, but fumigating it sounds to me like exposing yourself to some nasty chemicals, even if in small doses. Those ticks will die soon anyway because the trailer inside is dry.

When going outside in spring, bug spray on your clothing, especially the pants, will make a big difference.
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:02 AM   #5
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This wasn’t asked but we found that putting hydrogen peroxide on a tick will make it back right out.
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:06 AM   #6
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One of my super-powers is ignoring things. And a PhD (self awarded) in rationalization. When it’s (tick) right there in front of me, I dig out the tick tool, otherwise, there are parts of me I haven’t seen in years.

Reasonable precautions, long pants, hats, bug spray, inspection of what I can see seems to go a long way.

There are so many things you’re not worrying about I wonder why you picked this one.
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:10 AM   #7
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I very much doubt there are any more ticks in your camper; ticks don't operate that way. They wait on vegetation for something to come by and latch on. You already had it on you before you got in the camper.
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:10 AM   #8
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I was digging my trailer out of the snow yesterday . When I came in the house to have some coffee , I found 2 ticks on me . Picked them off , told the wife that the ticks were out and went back to work. Living in Michigan and never having a tick , you must be the luckiest person on the face of the earth.
I wear long pants , socks , and shoes in the summmer and it’s not a fashion statement !
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:09 AM   #9
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This is fact......if you drink rum, and a tick sucks a little blood outta ya, they get stupid really fast and start looking for dates....kinda like when we're drunk at a bar.....thing is they don't see well and like the plump ones ...thinking they'll share the blood ...get mixed up and try picking up a spider...insulted spider eats tick.....fact
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:25 AM   #10
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And we seem to have had a new tick species land on our shores.
A swarming, exotic tick species is now living year round in N.J. | NJ.com
Does not need a male to spread, females are self fertile.
So far it's in New Jersey, give it time and it will be everywhere I imagine.
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And we seem to have had a new tick species land on our shores.
A swarming, exotic tick species is now living year round in N.J. | NJ.com
Does not need a male to spread, females are self fertile.
So far it's in New Jersey, give it time and it will be everywhere I imagine.
And she asked that no one make it worse by telling horror stories, and still you went there.
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I like Brad Paisley's idea:
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I'd like to check you for ticks."
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We found our first tick of the season on one of the dogs today. Very thick in our area. You learn to do tick checks everyday. Have your spouse check areas you can't see, and vice versa. No reason to get excited. Just be vigilant in checking for them throughtout the seaon.
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Vivienne, my wife is almost as freaked out by ticks as you are.... almost.

Last year we were driving on an outing from our campsite, and she says she thinks she has a tick on her head (and she has a thick head of red hair). I was like, "yeah, yeah" but obliged and looked, and low and behold I found that it was in fact a tick bothering here. I plucked it off, but for days she was always freaking out, thinking she had another one and having me check. There never was another, even our dog did not have any.
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