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Unread 04-24-2010, 01:05 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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As some of you know, we're taking a team of horses and a sheepwagon to Alaska.

We've spent at least an hour a day picking ticks off the horses, the dogs, and each other. This year the ticks are terrible.
I thought the team of horses was supposed to be taking you and the wagon to Alaska. Are you sure you've got it hitched up right?

Be worth it to invest in a few flea-and-tick collars for the dogs; they really do work (my tenant trains her dogs down in tickville; since she got 'em the collars she finds dead shriveled-up ticks on the floor, but no live ones on the dogs). I'm thinking they'd work on the horses too, considering they're just permethrin (synthetic pyrethrin) not seriously different from Repel-X fly spray (which I use on myself whenever I visit tickville).
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Unread 04-24-2010, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I thought the team of horses was supposed to be taking you and the wagon to Alaska. Are you sure you've got it hitched up right?

Be worth it to invest in a few flea-and-tick collars for the dogs; they really do work (my tenant trains her dogs down in tickville; since she got 'em the collars she finds dead shriveled-up ticks on the floor, but no live ones on the dogs). I'm thinking they'd work on the horses too, considering they're just permethrin (synthetic pyrethrin) not seriously different from Repel-X fly spray (which I use on myself whenever I visit tickville).
Dogs have flea and tick collars. Horses have been sprayed. But they are so thick it's almost a loosing battle. On that yellow top, the ticks are easy to spot. I'll bet we flipped over 100 off the tarp in an hour.

As to who is taking who, it's kind of a toss up. Going around gate guards we kind of change rolls.

The horses do go in back right?
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Unread 04-24-2010, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Dogs have flea and tick collars. Horses have been sprayed. But they are so thick it's almost a loosing battle. On that yellow top, the ticks are easy to spot. I'll bet we flipped over 100 off the tarp in an hour.

As to who is taking who, it's kind of a toss up. Going around gate guards we kind of change rolls.

The horses do go in back right?
Damn, now I'm not sure. Maybe you've got the wagon on backwards?? Or does it depend on whether you're going north or south? But then how would you go east or west??

That's a LOT of ticks.. I've never seen it so bad it was snowing ticks! Maybe y'all oughta spray between the tarp and the wagon so you don't wind up with a hidden load, nasty buggers crawl in everywhere.
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Unread 04-27-2010, 05:59 PM
 
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Natchez, MS--Natchez Democrat (newspaper):
Spring brings warm weather, flower blooms, new life and buffalo gnats.
And while buffalo gnats are annoying to humans, they can be deadly to poultry, from backyard chickens to commercial bird-raising operations.
“In the last week, (the gnats) have started getting heavy again,” Adams County Extension Service Director David Carter said. “Last year they were really bad. We lost more than 1,000 birds — poultry and birds of prey — to buffalo gnats.”
The threat the gnats pose to poultry is unique due to the birds’ anatomy.
“The gnats get in their face, and the birds breathe them in and suffocate,” Carter said.
It’s also not unheard of for the birds to die of a toxic shock caused by the insect’s bites, Carter said.
“There is more than one way they can kill birds, and both are painful,” he said.
The gnats are actually black flies, and Carter said that unlike mosquitoes, buffalo gnats have a general resistance to DEET-based insect repellents.
They’re also harder to kill at the egg and larval levels than mosquitoes.
“They breed and lay their eggs under water where it is moving a bit, and the only way to control them is when our water temperature levels get up to a certain temperature, that’s the only biological control,” Carter said.
“With mosquitoes, you can just dump out standing water, but buffalo gnats don’t lay their eggs on top of standing water.”
The bugs can be controlled with a permethrin spray, and Carter said some poultry producers spray their birds’ beaks to protect them.
However, to achieve maximum effectiveness, the spray will have to be applied to the area several times throughout the day.
“A lot of the bigger farms will have equipment in the barn to spray a few times, but as the average homeowner you will probably have to go out there and spray,” Carter said. “There is nothing convenient about spraying for buffalo gnats.”
It’s also a good idea to have fans to keep the air circulating around the birds, and before applying permethrin, make sure it is labeled for poultry use, he said.
While the gnats may irritate other livestock, Carter said you should just look for blistering or swelling caused by gnat bites, but that the gnats will mostly just be a nuisance to the animals.
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