Deadly Ticks

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  1. DomC

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    As we know ticks are a nuisance, but there is a new concern to be aware of what ticks are carrying...Powassan Virus.

    The Powassan virus can cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, and it kills approximately 10-15% of people who become sick, according to the CDC. Half of those infected are left with permanent neurological problems.

    Now scientists are especially concerned because experts are predicting that 2017 will be an especially bad year for ticks in the NORTHEAST. Not only is the virus transmitted much faster than Lyme, it’s also deadlier.

    Animal studies show that Powassan virus could be passed from tick to host after only about 15 minutes of attachment. It takes 24 hours for Lyme disease to be transmitted. That's scary. Use tick repellents before hitting the sticks my fellow BCUSA members. Don't give those ticks the upper hand! Have fun but stay safe...

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    They are out in full force this season....take precautions, and check twice. Don't forget about our fury friends.



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    Permethrin is your friend... I also wear a treated wide-brimmed Tilley, so the ones that land on my head and would just crawl down my shirt now have to go the long way across and hopefully die before they get to me... Socks, out shirt, pants, and shoes also get treated.
     
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    I've been doing this , Hot Shot makes a product for furniture thats basically the same thing at a fraction of the cost .
     
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    I get the 10% concentrate in an 8oz bottle at Tractor Supply (vet section), and then water it down 20:1 to get the .5% you need for soaking your clothes. Runs about $7 iirc, and I can do 2 sets of "pants/shoes/6 socks/shirt/2 hats" with it.

    What's the HotShot product?
     
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    Hot Shot flea tick and lice killer aerosol . Safe to spray directly on dogs as well .
     
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    I'll be going out this weekend which is very unusual for me. I usually try to make my outings between first killing frost and first thaw. I have a set of bug clothes ready to go and will be using deet as well. When I get home I'll be doing a full check. Permethrine is without a doubt my best friend under these circumstances.
     
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    I'm going to try this, thanks for the tip brother @CHREBA !
     
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    Ticks have been really bad in SW Ohio since early April. They are finding me in parts of the woods I have never seen them before. Deep Woods Off is now a permanent part of my kit. This new Powassan Virus virus sounds scary.
     
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    My dog has been wearing a Preventic tick collar for dogs for a few years now with good results. They are good for about three months; if the dog gets a tick and I don't see it on her, I find the dead tick shriveled up in her bed.
     
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    You mentioned this quite awhile back and I've been meaning to do it ever since just never got around to it yet. Any idea how long it lasts or how many washings can it go through before you need re-treat your clothes again?
     
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    @DomC thanks for this useful information! Does anyone know about tick info for this year in NW USA, Canada, and Alaska? Heading that direction later this year. Thanks.

    Steve
     
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    Thanks for the heads up Dom!
     
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    My pleasure , that's how we do things . A turkey Hunter shared it with me .
     
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    I'm just gonna go ahead and say it . "Them little critters got me punked , I don't play with those kids lol . I go prepared for war !
     
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    They make a similar "Permethrin wash" for the Army, and says 6 weeks/3 washings, iirc. (remember, that's under field conditions... you had the pair you wore and the pair you had in the laundry. So wearing the same field uniform for a week was normal in my day.)
     
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    Waiting to get home is too long of a time. Check over yourself often, sometimes just a few seconds apart if you cruise thru head high brush. Wear light solid colors if you have them as ticks show up. Check any tickle or slight itch. It might be a stay hair thread or a tick. Look for them hanging off blades of grass and at the edges of brushy plants.

    This is the time to pretend yer a chicken :) I find them by looking, I find them by their feel of walking on my skin. I am 100% aware of that which SUCKS when out, but it is what it is. I hate all these chemical concoctions, but broke down this year and bought one from Ben's with Deet and Permethrin, but haven't used it yet.

    So far I have killed 8, but 1 of the 8 was a deer tick and it did bite my wife. All the others were wood ticks a common kind in New Hampshire, being the deer ticks are newer and have only been here about 1 decade.

    Do not allow these vermin to bite you !
     
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    I know that feeling. I lost my little brother to complications of Lyme's. I am looking to treat the bloody woods and the swamp. A problem is Permethrin is toxic to many kinds of water born life and cats. I don't have a cat, but I don't need to kill every water creature there is in the swamp, looking for photo ops of ducks. My wife is a good birder, we are on it everyday. This morning on it, we saw a black bear. I heard us talking but didn't see us exactly. There is a small stream we we sit, and the other day a mated pair of Mergansers paddled right by.
     
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    You might want to look into the "REPEL" lemon eucalyptus option . The claim is 6 hour protection , i'd not push it past 4-5 just for my own peace of mind . But it has very good reviews , and i know for a fact that lemon grass oils work and lemons as well to varied extents . So my only hang up would be length of protection time and what things would alter them . But as always do your own research and make an educated decision , your well being could depend on it !
     
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    Thanks. Recently I came across a little info I haven't had time to research, but it seems Cedar Oil can KILL ticks. I am more interested in KILLING the SOB's than merely keeping them off me and mine. Everyone here is down at the moment with surgery or injury but me and I haven't had a chance to drain the swamp LOL

    I get on line for a minute and am off to do what else needs done. But in the long run I want WAR on Ticks, with out killing assorted other wild creatures. I want to make tick traps mice and squirrels would next with. I want to infect the tick colony, and am will to go in 'Drag' to do it if I must ! :4:
     
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    Oh my , this is beyond serious . :5:
     
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    Watch it! I will put up photos of me in more war paint worn in a day that 200 American Females can wear in a year ! Serious :dblthumb:
     
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    You will probably blend right in.

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    @DomC, thanks for the info, good looking out!
     
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    Yikes! :eek: if that won't scare those ticks, nothing will! Mercy:11:!:18:

    Dom
     
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    Had an uncle die from rocky mountains spotted fever in the early 80s,a buddy who got Lyme disease and spent weeks in the hospital.
    Now a guy from work has some type of tick fever. Thought it was a kidney stone at first, docs put a stint in, but then he started having high fevers and seizures.
    Never heard of ticks causing kidney problems like that.
     
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    Those are just Permethrin soaked cotton balls, stuffed into a toilet paper tube ! Search "tick tubes" for homemade options.

    Place these "tick tubes" around the area, and mice and small rodents collect the treated cotton for their nests, thereby killin any ticks on them.

    Small rodents are usually the ticks first host, and from what I've read, where the ticks can get these diseases from.
     
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    Good to Know!!! Ill try that out.
     
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