Saturday, April 16, 2016

This Offs Me Tics !

Ticks are an epidemic this year, and these things are as lethal as a venomous snake in the wrong scenario! Use a lint roller right after being in the woods or on a brush walk.. for humans & pets: Please not only read it, but share it! Make sure we get the word out about these tics and the disease they carry!

Summer is around the corner! Time for camping, hiking and getting outside to play. Don't let those pesky annoying ticks stop you. Here's how with a simple homemade solution!

Repellent for your pets:

For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).

To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent. Spray onto the pet's dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.

In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.

After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.

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Anonymous said...

Them damn ticks are active all year. I found the first one this year last month, there was still snow on the ground. Lyme disease is rampant in northern NY.

toadold said...

The Moose says putting pepper on the O man's gerbil is always good for a laugh.

Jim said...

Just get a couple guinea fowl and let them live in your wooded yard...They run around and eat ticks all day, but do not dig in gardens like chickens. They are also the best home alarm you could have and will simply roost in a big tree at night!

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Where does one buy a guinea fowl outside of Safeway?

Anonymous said...

Jim - I remember a neighbor having guineas when I was a kid. Their voices made me think of a rusty manual well pump, or a failing bearing.

I pulled a tick out of my wife's skin yesterday here in central Virginia.

Do guineas stay home, or do you have to fence them in?
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Ralph Gizzip said...

How did your wife get a tick in her central vagina???

Anonymous said...

^Ralph - Wallowing around in thick bushes.
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Anonymous said...

^ Ralph - Her doctor said her body clock is near there.
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Anonymous said...

Ron in Ohio Sez:
I gotta' change the tone of this frivolity with a bit of nostalgia about growing-up in the wilds of rural Indiana. We would go strawberry and blackberry picking every year and of course we'd be on the parasitic insect's turf and subject to their appetites.

Our old preventative was to take a few scraps of rags, soak them in kerosene, wring them out and tie one around each ankle, making sure to wash our hands before beginning the picking. It kept the bugs off of our legs and prevented both ticks and chiggers from crawling up our legs.

When the rag strips were tied around our wrists they sometimes worked and sometimes didn't, depending on how deep in the brush we got. Thinking back, I sure wish the lint rollers were around then.

Anonymous said...


Stu Tarlowe said...

[From "Ticked Off" by Stu Tarlowe, Paw Prints Magazine, ©2005]
But it's not enough to merely detach it and let it wander off to find another host; you should render it lifeless. I believe that ticks should be slain, whacked, zapped, smoked, dusted, croaked, bumped off, rubbed out.

I consider it my duty to help reduce the world’s tick population, one by one, so after I’ve yanked the tick out, or caused it to back out by covering its body with oil or by touching it with the lit end of my cigar, I put the tick on a flat surface and, before it can crawl away, I terminate it with extreme prejudice! I cut it right in half, and sometimes in quarters, with my pocketknife. And sometimes, in a slice-and-dice frenzy, I just “Ginsu” the little sucker into oblivion!

I make sure that tick’s metabolic processes are history and it will never bother anybody again; it is deceased, it is demised, it has ceased to be; it is an EX-tick!

Or, if I've extracted the tick with the needlenose pliers of my Leatherman Tool (everybody should have one of these, or something similar), I use those to hold it while I whip out my Zippo and vaporize the little b*****d. Be careful if you try this, though, because a tick that's been attached for awhile and is really "full" will explode (double Yechhhhh!!).

I remember one summer when my dog and I were driving home from a walk in the woods and, in the car, I felt a tick crawling up my bare leg. I picked it off just as it was about to enter the leg of my shorts, where who knows WHAT it might have attached itself to (TRIPLE Yechhhh!!), and held it tightly between my fingertips while I tried to figure out what to do.

It wouldn't be enough to flick it out the window; I wanted to totally incinerate and annihilate the miserable pest. So, while steering with my elbows and knees, I grabbed a nail-clipper that was handy and, while using that to hold the tick, I reached for a Bic lighter I kept on the dashboard.

I was touching the lighter’s flame to the tick held in the improvised clip, and it was glowing red, when I noticed that a VW bus covered with Grateful Dead stickers was keeping pace alongside me, with a bunch of tie-dyed hippie-types inside. They were all watching me and smiling broadly and giving me the "thumbs up" and the “OK” sign.

They must have hated ticks as much as I do!

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