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Unread 08-13-2007, 01:04 PM
 
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Default When Do The Ticks Go Away?

How long do the ticks stay active? When will it be safe to walk around in the woods? I've really noticed them since about May and I'm hoping they will die out once the weather gets colder.
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Unread 08-13-2007, 01:08 PM
 
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When will it be safe to walk around in the woods?

That is the 64 million dollar question now isn't it?
As far as ticks, I have found them in November so...
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Unread 08-13-2007, 01:10 PM
 
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I wouldn't let the possibility of picking up a tick keep me out of the woods unless maybe I had a compromised immune system. Just check yourself after. May/June is the worst time , then they steadily drop till cold weather hits.
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Unread 08-13-2007, 01:12 PM
 
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If you are bitten and develop a fever within the next 7-10 days, see your doctor promptly.
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Unread 08-13-2007, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Wake Forest, NC
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I wouldn't let the possibility of picking up a tick keep me out of the woods unless maybe I had a compromised immune system. Just check yourself after. May/June is the worst time , then they steadily drop till cold weather hits.
Agreed. And just make sure to use an insect repellent with DEET.
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Unread 08-13-2007, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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They usually die out by the beginning of fall. Spring is actually the worst time to pick them up but obviously you can get them all summer.
I agree with the other posters, just wear DEET bug spray and check yourself and you should be fine.
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Unread 08-13-2007, 02:25 PM
 
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I think the ticks go away within a week prior to the tocks.
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Unread 08-13-2007, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Blacksburg, VA
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I've found the ticks the worst from spring to July, after that the chiggers get fierce, especially in August. The best thing for chiggers is showering with vigorous rubbing with a soapy washcloth immediately after being in the woods. The rubbing will remove the chiggers before they have a chance to make soup out of your skin cells, Chiggers! (http://mdc.mo.gov/nathis/arthopo/chiggers/ - broken link).
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Unread 08-13-2007, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Zebulon, NC
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I highly recommend Cutter Advanced with Picaridin for people, and Preventic collar for dogs. Note that the collar is NOT for cats - just dogs.

And yes, always check yourself after spending time outdoors. Even if you're not walking in the woods, you can pick one up. We live in the woods, and my husband works outside all the time. When he's done, he immediately comes in and checks himself head to toe, as well as his clothes (inside out, too) and heads for the shower. He finds them now and then, but he's not as squicked out by them as I am - which makes me extremely jealous.
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Unread 08-13-2007, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Well.....I don't suppose we can just shoot the doggone ticks, either....
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