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Old 05-28-2008, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Western Durham
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We've got ticks too. Lots of them. They hitchhike a ride on the cats and end up everywhere...even in the bed! Still, I'm not going to let the little buggers ruin my summer.

I feel bad for everyone who's gotten a tick-borne illness, just like I feel bad for people who are diagnosed with other bad diseases. I hope I never get RMSF or tick-borne encephalitis or Lyme disease or whatever else I could wind up with. But do I worry about it? Not so much.

Everyone (it seems) knows someone who's come down with something as a result of a tick bite. I just remind myself that the the ticks around here are too numerous to count, but the people who live here are not dropping like flies. And while some really unlucky folks are so sick they can't work (and to you I say I'm sorry and I hope you feel better soon ) the rest of us are trudging along as usual. I dislodged three ticks from my husband last weekend and he's feeling just fine. Evidently, not all tick bites are destined to make you sick.

We don't spray our yard because the kids play in it, the animals play in it, as do the squirrels and the birds (what happens when the birds eat poisoned bugs??) and in addition, I do enough other things to pollute the environment ...like driving. And I have to drive everywhere because even though I live really, really close to the stores I most often frequent, I can't ride my bike because I'd get killed trying to negotiate the intersection of 15/501 and Tower Blvd. Bikes are not welcome around these parts.

I guess my point is, ticks are gross, but you don't have to let them ruin the joy of being outdoors. I, for one, am headed outside right now to enjoy the last cool day of spring and do a bit of gardening. On my way in, I'll look for ticks.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:47 PM
 
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OMG!!! I'm a little freaked out by all this tick talk.

I have lived in the Triangle for 16 years now, and I've never had a tick on me. Now, admittedly, I'm not an outdoorsy kind of chicky. I don't camp or do any serious hiking. But I do walk for hours with my dogs through the wooded paths in Bond Park, and I spend hours gardening in our backyard. We found one on a dog once, but that's it.

Regarding the frontline/advantix and water... I think what that poster was trying to say is not to bathe the pet w/in 24 hours of applying the medicine. Since these medicines are absorbed in the oil system of the pet's coat, a bath can interfere with absorption. We were told the same thing by our Vet, so we give a bath and then apply a the meds a day later. We always wait at least one more day before letting the dogs swim, etc.

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Old 06-07-2008, 05:09 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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Default NOT an alarmist!

This is NOT an attempt to get attention, or cause anyone great discomfort, but I wanted to share that my husband is in the hospital, yet again, with what is suspected to be perhaps another tick-borne illness.

He contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever this past Labor Day, and since then, has been dealing with minor complications from it. He came in from work on Friday, saying he was 'zonked.' I could tell he was sick, and became alarmed over the temperature readings -- 102 to 103.5, by the time I got him to the ER.

They have NO clue what he has, but are calling in an infectious diseases specialist. One DR mentioned a relapse of RMSF? He does have more tick bites.
This is so easily avoidable. Please be conscientious with your OFF! and products to keep ticks and bugs away. We think he encountered these ticks in mulch we put in the beds about two weeks ago. The hospital says they have been seeing more cases than usual -- just like the N&O reported in the article someone shared here a week or so ago.
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Old 06-07-2008, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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This is NOT an attempt to get attention, or cause anyone great discomfort, but I wanted to share that my husband is in the hospital, yet again, with what is suspected to be perhaps another tick-borne illness.
Yikes! Hope he is feeling better (and has a clear diagnosis) soon!
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Clayton, NC
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I could tell he was sick, and became alarmed over the temperature readings -- 102 to 103.5, by the time I got him to the ER.
I'm so sorry your hubby is sick. I hope he's on the mend quickly and is free from this stuff for the rest of the summer...he's had his tick quota, heh?

I did want to say that in our house 102 is not a high fever! One of my sons' runs high fevers (always has) when he gets sick but suffice it to say that even 104 wouldn't send us to the ER unless accompanied by other symptoms of concern.

Once at the Dr's office, my son (years ago) had a 105.4 fever and the doc couldn't believe how normal he was behaving.

Anyhow...on the tick front, one of my neighbors told me this week that her 4 year old tested positive for Lymes after a tick bite and the bullseye rash appeared. Yikes.

Lauren
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Old 06-07-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: WA
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And remember: do tick checks after you come inside from being out in tall grass or the forest. The best prevention is getting those little guys off your body as soon as possible (I like the duct tape method of tick removal myself). For me, Off has never really worked in preventing them from attaching fondly to my ankles.
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Old 06-07-2008, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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^I agree about the OFF! I noticed early-on this year that ticks were going to be bad. If I even go out into the back yard which I keep cut at 2 inches (Bermuda) I can hammered with ticks and I spray on a bug spray that contains 25% DEET. The ticks will still crawl right up my leg. I have even applied an insect killer to the lawn at the recommended application rate. I guess I need to go back and reapply 3-fold since the ticks are so bad this year.
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Old 06-07-2008, 02:45 PM
 
Location: WA
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If you don't have luck with DEEt, other people I know have luck with permethrin based sprays (know the risks before you use though) and pharmacy grade sulfur powder. Sulfur is great against chiggers too. Of course, it makes you smell like rotten eggs.
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Eh, and we're going to an outdoor movie at the museum tonight. I knew I shouldn't have read this post. Guess I'll bring the can of OFF and hope for the best.
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:19 PM
 
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Ugh, I am so creeped out, I just pulled a HUGE engorged one off my dog and now I feel like I have them all over me. I hope there aren't any more on her. GROSS
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