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!!