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Ticks Still Out?

Hello Folks!

I know it is still fairly warm up there.... I am coming to SE Illinois on 5 November - will the ticks still be real prevalent then?

I was there over Memorial Day for three days to scout and was eaten alive by them!

I understand that Permanone is the only really effective deterrent to them and will need to go purchase some this week if they are still a problem.

Does the first good frost pretty much take them out of the picture?

Here in the South (I am in SC) they are present year round, even after a cold snap - if it warms back up....

Let me know your thoughts, please.

Thanks!

 

Jim in SC

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I live here in Ohio and we

I live here in Ohio and we pretty much have the same weather as Illinois. I haven't seen any ticks in quite a while here.

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You guys are lucky.  At least

You guys are lucky.  At least during the winter, you're tick problem should go away.  Our problem is year round here. And, they are'nt the little deer ticks, they are friggen big cattle ticks.  One of them latches on between your legs, you feel it..... Shock!

Man, my skin is crawling just thinking about them......

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I have not gotten one on me

I have not gotten one on me from just hiking around in the last two months or so but the animals sure still have them on them. I just saw a guy with a buck in the back of his truck and went to check it out and it was insane... I have never seen that many ticks walking around on a dead deer. It was actually pretty creepy. The bucks hair was litteraly crawling with them. If you blurred your eyes it looked like the hair was flowing. It was pretty gross. I got one on my arm and the only thing I touched on the deer was his antlers. I caught him before he could dig in. They are pesky little boogers. It was pretty gnarly!

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Man, I hate those darn

Man, I hate those darn things!

The worst tick infestation I ever had was in Memorial Day when I went to Illinois to scout - they were literally all over me and every piece of clothing I owned.

I must have picked 40 - 50 off of me and probably 12-15 that were already latched on.

Gnarly is the right word... they creep me out.... and I am from the south!!!

Go away - ticks!

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Thanks for getting me

Thanks for getting me thinking about them Jim!!!!  i went out yesterday, and as I walked through some bushes, I looked down and saw 4 or 5 on my pants.  Quickly did a tick check, flicked them off, and I think I survived  the encounter  lol .  Good thing I looked down when I did, or they'd have made their way up......

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I am like you, I hate ticks

I am like you, I hate ticks and it gives me the creeps just thinking about them.  Put me in the woods with mountain lions, I'll take that over ticks.  I seem to be a tick magnet too.  I spray myself but still end up with them on me and it scares me because of Lyme disease.

Second to ticks is chiggers.  Those things make me claw at them until my skin bleeds, but I'd rather suffer with them then ticks.  I bought some bug skin from Cabelas and it seems to help.  It is getting cold here so I am hoping the ticks will go away soon.

Thanks for bringing up this subject, I am now creeped out for the rest of the night.

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bug skin

I know it's been a while since this post but how did/do those bug skinz work for you? Those are the compression type from cabelas? I've been looking at those recently

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I do alot of outside hiking

I do alot of outside hiking for my job, and I had a co-worker years ago that swore by garlic pills.  He would take one every day.  he claimed they were not only good for your heart, but that the garlic was emitted from your pores all over, and the ticks and mosquitos hated it.  He said he never got a tick after that.

Don't know how much truth there is to it, cause I am not willing to "emit garlic" from my pores..... lol

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Well in spite of near record

Well in spite of near record high temps this week in Southern Illinois I have not seen any ticks - which pleases me greatly

This place was crawling with then in the summer and I mean the worst I have ever seen in thirty plus years of hunting

It is so warm I figured mosquitoes would come out but none have so far

In SC if we hit seventy degrees on ANY day - even in December - out those annoying things come

I have to assume that this far north (not that I am in the Arctic) the earlier frosts knocked them out

At any rate - I am thankful for small things - the hunting is difficult right now in this heat but at least we are not getting bug chewed!!!

Come on big bucks....start chasing!!

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Bad Critters!

Hope you don't get any on you.

I guess you guys who live in the south are used to checking to see if you have any after you get home.

Lyme Disease: I know about that from personal experience!

33 years ago - before most of the doctors were really well informed about it, my wife got a tick on her while we were in the U.P. of Michigan.

It was about 3-5 days before she discovered it and it was really buried.

We got it out and treated the spot for infection and forgot about it.

Over the next 10 years, she had chest pains, joint pains, horrible sore throats and a general overall weakness and tiredness that several doctors and many hundreds of dollars of tests failed to diagnose. (Today it would be many tens of thousands).

And we didn't have very good insurance, either!

It was better than 22 years later that a doctor was checking her for another ailment, and just happend to test for Lymes, suspecting that she had something in her blood that was a residual element following Lyme Disease.

She found it, but it was far too late for treatment.

She still has chronic fatigue as a result of that one little critter that she let get under her skin!

Got Ticks?

Check yourself real good when you come back from the woods.

Get Bit?

Mark down the date on your calendar and watch for any unusual symptoms to start over the next few months.

If you do, have your doctor run a test AND MAKE SURE THEY TEST SPECIFICALLY FOR LYMES - if they don't they won't find it!

There is a treatment for it, but it must be correctly diagnosed.

 

 

 

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