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Found a Lone Star TICK on Gucci yesterday

I should say THREE lone star ticks all clustered within an inch apart UNDER her chin

ARRGHH! One was halfway engorged and hard, the other 2 hadn't gotten as good of a grip on her to blow up like that..or so it appeared. I am so skeeved out. They could NOT have picked a better place for me to find them because I rub her under her chin all the time and usually I end up picking out couscous from her dinner off her fur..which will sometime stick and I felt it and woke my DH up and we plucked them all off..poor thing, she knew she had something on her because she was trying to sniff the thing like crazy when we pulled it out with a tweezer.

I did a little research and although I forgot to get a picture before DH flushed the darned thing...I am 99% sure it was a lone star tick based on the pictures online, the good news is that MOST websites don't think this particular tick passes lyme..but they seem to not know too much about tick born illness anyways, I read so many conflicting opinions on it.

We did get her a lyme immunization before we took her to Turks and Caicos and that was a little under 3 years ago..so I hope she still has some antibodies if the thing is disease ridden.

I took her off of frontline over a year ago and only give her the Trifexis (flea and heartworm pill) and then use citronella shampoos during flea season but its clear she may need to go on some type of tick repellent (?) Any suggestions? The non toxic ones I'd prefer, but I would ultimately prefer to not ever EVER have to pull a tick off of her or another human being or animal again..GROSS.. Nasty little demonic bug! The bug guy is coming this morning to spray for spider mites in the backyard (tiny little bitty Red mites that seem to be popular the last few years in this region)...I suppose I can ask him, although, that might be more of a lawn treatment..idk.

MY Dh and I just argued the other day, he is opposed to me putting up a bird feeder or bird house because he says it would bring more ticks to the yard (Through birds and squirrels and bunnies and other outdoor things that carry ticks) and so far, I have let him win this argument and I haven't put one up...and it seems to have not prevented a tick bite.

They could NOT have been on her for more than 72 hours, or since she got her bath Saturday afternoon, I combed out a bunch of mats under her chin and neck and I certainly would've seen them, so she had to have gotten them in our back yard because she hasn't been on a walk or anywhere else..its been too rainy Do they live in clusters? Its so weird to me that there were 3 in one little small area of her chin, less than .5 inches apart.

I seem to have rambled and rambled...but any suggestions I'd love? I suppose I will go search the forum for ideas as well Thanks, my friends!!

Kara
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Things happen, just hope for the best. Under the chin is a nice hiding place! I have never seen that many in one place, glad you found them. When you get her Heart Worm blood test for her, they will find out if she has Lymes. (((((((Hugs)))))))))



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Things happen, just hope for the best. Under the chin is a nice hiding place! I have never seen that many in one place, glad you found them. When you get her Heart Worm blood test for her, they will find out if she has Lymes. (((((((Hugs)))))))))
Well, you have to ask for both... It's not automatic. Also, it has to be several weeks after the bite before you could test for Lyme, as it's the presence of antibodies that the test looks for. I don't believe Lone Star ticks carry Lyme, but they can carry other diseases.


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I should say THREE lone star ticks all clustered within an inch apart UNDER her chin

ARRGHH! One was halfway engorged and hard, the other 2 hadn't gotten as good of a grip on her to blow up like that..or so it appeared. I am so skeeved out. They could NOT have picked a better place for me to find them because I rub her under her chin all the time and usually I end up picking out couscous from her dinner off her fur..which will sometime stick and I felt it and woke my DH up and we plucked them all off..poor thing, she knew she had something on her because she was trying to sniff the thing like crazy when we pulled it out with a tweezer.

I did a little research and although I forgot to get a picture before DH flushed the darned thing...I am 99% sure it was a lone star tick based on the pictures online, the good news is that MOST websites don't think this particular tick passes lyme..but they seem to not know too much about tick born illness anyways, I read so many conflicting opinions on it.

We did get her a lyme immunization before we took her to Turks and Caicos and that was a little under 3 years ago..so I hope she still has some antibodies if the thing is disease ridden.

I took her off of frontline over a year ago and only give her the Trifexis (flea and heartworm pill) and then use citronella shampoos during flea season but its clear she may need to go on some type of tick repellent (?) Any suggestions? The non toxic ones I'd prefer, but I would ultimately prefer to not ever EVER have to pull a tick off of her or another human being or animal again..GROSS.. Nasty little demonic bug! The bug guy is coming this morning to spray for spider mites in the backyard (tiny little bitty Red mites that seem to be popular the last few years in this region)...I suppose I can ask him, although, that might be more of a lawn treatment..idk.

MY Dh and I just argued the other day, he is opposed to me putting up a bird feeder or bird house because he says it would bring more ticks to the yard (Through birds and squirrels and bunnies and other outdoor things that carry ticks) and so far, I have let him win this argument and I haven't put one up...and it seems to have not prevented a tick bite.

They could NOT have been on her for more than 72 hours, or since she got her bath Saturday afternoon, I combed out a bunch of mats under her chin and neck and I certainly would've seen them, so she had to have gotten them in our back yard because she hasn't been on a walk or anywhere else..its been too rainy Do they live in clusters? Its so weird to me that there were 3 in one little small area of her chin, less than .5 inches apart.

I seem to have rambled and rambled...but any suggestions I'd love? I suppose I will go search the forum for ideas as well Thanks, my friends!!

Kara
I would NOT put up bird feeders. One of the prime targets for ticks is mice, and bird food attracts mice. (birds and squirrels are not as common targets because they spend much less time on the grass)

These tick tubes are proving to be HUGELY effective in cutting down tick infestations in areas where mice are a prime vector. The mice use the fluffy "bedding" in the tube for their nests, the bedding transfers insecticide to the baby mice, and the ticks die!

http://www.ticktubes.com/

I've started using Natural Defense Flea and Tick spray on Kodi this year, when he's out in areas I think ticks are likely to be a problem. I decided to try it after using their carpet flea powder effectively at one point. It is all essential oils... no chemical pesticides. It's VERY strong-smelling... he smells sort of like a spice cabinet after i put it on him, and you do have to re-apply regularly. But it seems to be working!


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AGH.... ticks!!!!! They are an epidemic around here. Unfortunately there's no way I can't use a topical flea/tick/mosquito control around here. I'm in PA and the winters have been so mild we have ticks year round. I find that the ticks aren't too smart either, they seem to gravitate to Timmy's eyebrow area, behind his ears or his armpits, all of which are either easily viewed or scratched daily. I had Timmy tested for Lyme a couple times all were negative. I was told that ticks won't latch on until after about 24hrs but I'm skeptical about that. I've taken quite a few off just crawling on both him and myself just after going out to make a pee. When the do latch on sometimes it's a pain to try and get them off. I saw this tick key thing I might give a try although recently when I've found them they haven't hunkered down yet.




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AGH.... ticks!!!!! They are an epidemic around here. Unfortunately there's no way I can't use a topical flea/tick/mosquito control around here. I'm in PA and the winters have been so mild we have ticks year round. I find that the ticks aren't too smart either, they seem to gravitate to Timmy's eyebrow area, behind his ears or his armpits, all of which are either easily viewed or scratched daily. I had Timmy tested for Lyme a couple times all were negative. I was told that ticks won't latch on until after about 24hrs but I'm skeptical about that. I've taken quite a few off just crawling on both him and myself just after going out to make a pee. When the do latch on sometimes it's a pain to try and get them off. I saw this tick key thing I might give a try although recently when I've found them they haven't hunkered down yet.

http://www.amazon.com/THE-TICK-KEY-T.../dp/B000R1D3KQ
Actually, the climbing toward the head and arm pits thing is built-in instinctively for a very good reason (from the tick's evolutionary perspective) these are the areas where the blood vessels are closest to the surface. (more than you probably wanted to know, I'm sure! )

I agree with you, though... I HATE TICKS!!!


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Yes way more!!! Yuck. They should offer an "I hate ticks" smilie.

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I use the method recommended by the CDC: tweezers. The link offers instructions.

http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html
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I cringe at the thought of those disgusting things! Poor Gucci.

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Thanks everyone! Lots of good tips so far, and Rosie, thanks for posting that link.
I hadn't thought about a tick gravitating to certain areas of a dog, but I suppose every living thing has their own survival instincts to some extent..I can't imagine a tick having a speck of a brain, but bugs do have the instinct to run and locate food sources...so it is something to ponder..

Karen, I will try some of the spray, I had a water bottle with a little citronella scent that I was using periodically but not daily, same premise..but it only works if you are vigilent about using it I suppose..lol

soooooo gross. ugh little blood sucking nuisances be gone!
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