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ME v. The Woods

Okay, I am grossed out. I was just talking about how to treat the area outside as our new home backs up to woods. We are in the process of fencing the dog area in the backyard too (as soon as the board approves it).

Well this morning DH pulls a tick off the back of his head. He doesn't think it bite him but he was only outside in the yard for a few minutes and found it crawling on his head!!! So I am flipping out. I checked the dogs and they seem fine thus far.

SC seems to grow supersized everything! In our old shed there was the largest cockroach I have ever seen- in fact, I bet DH it wasn't one and sure enough, it was... yikes! So I am thinking I am going to need to be very proactive

While I prefer natural treatments and not treating the dogs, I am not sure what to do here. Right before we moved, I put them on revolution again so as of right now they are on that. I am going to talk to the neighbors but the ones who have a dog aren't in the woods like us... Any advice is appreciated!

I will check in later- going to spend time with tickhead and take Dash to Read to Rover!

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Oh Amanda I hear you. and we only have normal size bugs. Here is what I have found with my own research

Leslie, and Kimberly use Nematodes:

I chose not to use these because I have a yard service that would kill them since they are living in the earth by the roots

I just got this all natural and we are going to try it when the forecast has no rain for 2 days...

read through the site it talks about ticks too-- it is a slightly more labor intesive process. But I was impressed with the reviews both on their site and amazon. and that it is used in a lot of parks. I also think garlic repels rodents too.

I will let you know after we apply it.

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We have to deal with the same thing. Our house backs up to a preserve, and we live in Florida, where bugs are EVERYWHERE all the time! I have opted to have everything sprayed and treated by a pest control company because I felt going natural wouldn't cut it in Florida. I hope you figure out something that works. It's terrible your DH already found a tick on him.

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Amanda you make me laugh! Sorry, I can't help it.

We are in tick heaven here, and really I think I'm pretty numb to them now. I think I most likely pick two or three "floaters" off Posh everyday. She is on Frontline, so if they bite they'll die and fall off, but if they are just on her fur for a ride, I will find them when I brush her out. My kids have nightly tick checks, my son has this great head of hair that they love to hide in. We burn them or flush them after finding them. Really they're not such a big deal. The chickens love eating them! It's a real treat. Yep, it's gross to imagine something "feeding" off of us and/or our dogs but it's really how you react. Burn those little suckers! It's kind of fun in a sick way.
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I will check in later- going to spend time with tickhead and take Dash to Read to Rover!
I'm sorry Amanda, but

I think Amy has the perfect need to get you some chickens!

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tickhead is better than tickbed!!! last year we were trying to fall asleep and DH jumped out of bed and turned on the light--- nope nothing there...30 mintues later...jumps out again....this time there is a big ole dog tick crawling along our pretty white sheets. Needless to say, I kept feeling imaginary things crawling on me the rest of the night.

I never find a tick on Cash and I look pretty hard since he is black. Jas picks up the floaters as Amy calls them and that is how we think it got in the bed... we do nightly checks after that.

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I have no helpful advice, Amanda, but~~hating large bugs and ticks~~I can feel your disgust. We have tons of ticks here in Nor-Cal and lots of deer that carry them, the Lyme disease carriers, but so far I've only ever found 1 dead tick on Biscuit. But I keep my eyes open. Never seen a flea on my dogs either. Well, good luck!!

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It's kind of fun in a sick way.
And that made me laugh! I hate caterpillars (we have those big buckmoth things that sting), so whenever I see them, I find an anthill to poke a hole in and put the caterpillar right in the middle of the mad little ants.

Missy, let me know how that mosquito barrier works or if it smells up the joint like garlic...

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And I was worried about coyotes and hawks! Geesh, I would hate those buggy things too. You could just move back here to the city!
What ever happened to the "good old days" when we didn't have these dog concerns? Dogs just played outside and there wasn't any paranoia. I think I remember those days but then again I lived in the city without the wildlife all around.
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