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  1. #1

    Apr 2007
    Northeast MA
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    TICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A reminder to all who hunt in the woods. Be aware of Ticks, Tis the season, atleast in the Northeast. Was out this weekend, had 20-25 of them on me. Nasty!! Both deer and wood. Lymes disease is bad and prevalent. Where light colored pants and deet repellant. Also came across a sizeable water mocasin on the trail. What are some other nasties, youve come across? Just curious.

    Goose

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    Mar 2007
    Cape Fear, NC
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    Chiggers !!! Took a week and a half to stop scratching!

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    us
    Sep 2006
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    Ouch! 20-25!
    I've never had one on me, hope I never do.
    I live in VT so guess I'd better be on the watch.
    What does one look like in your skin? Were they easy to spot?
    I always wear protective clothing and deet spray, then check exsposed skin best I can when I get home.

    edit----
    what the h*ll is a chigger?

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    You can take a match light it and blow it out, put the hot coal tip of the match on the butt of the Tick. The tick will drop out without ripping his head off... Haha, sorry this sounds really gross but if you pull a Tick off his head will stay in and continue to cause you harm. If your doing lots of woods and field hunting always have a book of matches with you.

    Sorry the most deadly thing I have come across are Miskitos

    Keep @ it and HH!!
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    Aug 2006
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    The ticks are out here in Kansas. We mainly have the brown ones, they are easy to spot cause they're large. Those tiny ones you have back east would be REALLY hard to see and you wouldn't feel them crawling on you.

    Chiggers are some microscopic thing. They bite and leave a bump that itches for a week. MUCH more itchy than a mosquito bite. They come out when its hot and dry. If we get a little rain, they won't bite. A little DEET around the ankles works great, unless your on your knees digging in the dirt They like places where your clothes are tight - like around your waist -- and those OTHER places. I don't think they range very far north.

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    Wes

    Apr 2007
    Springfield, TN
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    Re: TICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh.....

    There was a little chigger
    And his head wasn't bigger
    Than the head of a very fine pin.

    And the bump that he raises
    Just itches like the blazes
    And that's where the rubbin comes in.

    Comes in, comes in
    And that's where the rubbin comes in.
    And the bump that he raises
    Just itches like the blazes
    And that's where the rubbin comes in.

    Sorry folks, just couldn't resist quoting a song we used to sing at Scout Camp!
    Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.

    - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  7. #7

    Apr 2007
    Northeast MA
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    monty

    Jan 2005
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    Chiggers are also known as red bugs and are very tiny. The dig into your skin and leave a big red itchy welt!

    Also note that the wasps are nesting up about this time too. They will build a nest in just about any eave of your house, windows and under overhangs in the woods. Some wasps build paper nests in trees and yellow jackets often burrow into the ground. Monty
    Don't make me loose the hounds! If you dig, Cover up your holes.

  9. #9
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    Feb 2007
    Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
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    Re: TICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Warning about TICKS:

    Tick bites hospitalize three with paralysis
    By Don Plant
    Thursday, April 19, 2007

    Two children and an adult have been treated at Kelowna General Hospital in the last two weeks for partial paralysis as a result of tick bites.
    When emergency doctor Jeff Eppler treated the first child, he was worried about a brain tumour. The next day, medical staff found a tick imbedded in the child‘s skin.

    The rest of the story can be found here:
    http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/stories.php?id=39919

    Be careful out there. I've grown up on a farm and went hunting and fishing and later gold panning. I've seen and felt my share of Ticks, but even with the cases of lyme disease I've heard, to date, I've never heard of people becoming paralyzed by them. (I just hope this isn't some new strain of Tick that has the potential to spread and worse.)

    This still woun't stop me from going into the bush, but I'm going to be a lot more careful when it comes to insects.

    F.
    Quote of Sir Joshua Reynolds': "There is no expedient, to which a man will not resort; to avoid the real labor, of thinking."

  10. #10
    True confederate soldier

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    Re: TICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Monty
    Chiggers are also known as red bugs and are very tiny. The dig into your skin and leave a big red itchy welt!
    Chiggers AKA Harvest mite larvae are small, red immatures between the egg and nymph stages, which have not yet become adult mites. They are usually microscopic. The larvae often live in berry patches, tall grass and weeds, woodland edges, pine straw, leaves, and treebark, or in typical habitats of their hosts (especially rodents).

    The larval mites feed on the skin cells, but not blood, of animals, including humans. The six-legged parasitic larva feeds on a large variety of creatures including humans, rabbits, toads, box turtles, quail, and even some insects. After crawling onto their host, they inject digestive enzymes into the skin that break down skin cells. They do not actually "bite," but instead form a hole in the skin and chew up tiny parts of the inner skin, thus causing severe irritation and swelling. The severe itching is accompanied with red pimple-like bumps (papules) or hives and skin rash or lesion on a sun-exposed area. For humans, itching usually occurs after the larvae detach from the skin. Chiggers are known for spreading from host to host.

    After feeding on their hosts, the larvae drop to the ground and become nymphs, then mature into adults which have 8 legs and are harmless to humans. In the post larval stage, they are not parasitic and feed on plant materials. The females lay 300-8,000 eggs in a litter, usually on a leaf or under the roots of a plant, and die by autumn.

    Nasty little buggers!
    "The only two things you can truly depend upon are gravity and greed."

  11. #11

    Apr 2005
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    We get small black flies at the beach here in Canada and they can bite ,nasty little buggers. Last summer we had to leave because they were biting everyone.

  12. #12

    Jan 2006
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    Here in Tennessee I do most of my detecting in the fall,winter and early spring because of all the pests we have.

    The ticks most prevalent here are lone star and deer ticks,in addition we are cursed with chiggers,red wasps,mud dabbers,bumble bees,honey bees,yellow jackets,scorpions.fire ants,brown recluse and black widow spiders,two types of hornets,diamondback and timber rattlesnakes,copperheads,cottonmouths,blackbears,m osquitos,gnats.

    Poison ivy,poison oak,and rabid animals must also be remembered.

    hasbeen

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    Re: TICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    just to let ya'll know chiggers are little bugs that feed off just about any kind of animal, but I've been told they actually dig under the skin and live there until they mature I've had them, the easy way to get rid of them is to cover the welt with clear fingernail polish and let the polish fall off in time, I think it suffocates them. For ticks, I use match, but I've heard that rubbing alcohol will kill them.

  14. #14
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    Do you have Jesus in your heart?

    Feb 2007
    Kentucky
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    Re: TICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    They're as nasty as spiders.

    I hate these things. Most of my outdoor things are about to halt and won't restart until October. No bugs, no snakes...I still get the poison ivy all year long.

    Burt
    "Those who love me will keep my word, and my father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them." (John 14:23 NRSV)

  15. #15
    True confederate soldier

    Aug 2005
    Currituck County, NC
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    Re: TICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sniffer
    just to let ya'll know chiggers are little bugs that feed off just about any kind of animal, but I've been told they actually dig under the skin and live there until they mature I've had them, the easy way to get rid of them is to cover the welt with clear fingernail polish and let the polish fall off in time, I think it suffocates them. For ticks, I use match, but I've heard that rubbing alcohol will kill them.
    They do not live under the skin, that is an old wives tale. Fingernail polish doesn't do anything but irrate the skin where the bite is.
    "The only two things you can truly depend upon are gravity and greed."

 

 
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