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PostPosted: October 7th, 2019, 3:20 pm 
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I'll bet you're all sick of hearing about ticks. However, I'm one who thought it was a bunch of hooey until five years ago when I bloomed a bullseye rash and was diagnosed with Lyme. I was lucky, I pestered the doctor (who at the time thought I was nuts for thinking you could get Lyme in Maine) for the test and the treatment. I was cured. Many do not show the bullseye and so go untreated with years of weird stuff and pain.

I mention all this because today, after each session of outdoor playtime with my dog, I found ticks on her. A total of 5 so far today on her, and 2 on myself. The dog is treated with a medication so she'll likely be fine. But she carries them into the house. So an extra word of caution, the ticks seem to like the fall. Best to be vigilant.


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 Post subject: Re: Tick city
PostPosted: October 7th, 2019, 4:09 pm 
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Third person today who has mentioned recent tick exposure. It's that time of year. Bowhunters and those chasing turkeys, who spend a long time sitting still, are most at risk, but anglers and partridge hunters get exposed, too. I find working in my garden is where I am most likely to get ticked.


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 Post subject: Re: Tick city
PostPosted: October 7th, 2019, 4:53 pm 
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The recent explosion in cases of Lyme's disease and other tick born diseases into more northerly areas has been attributed to climate change. If that is important to you, or you find that you are more reluctant to engage in your favorite outdoor past times for fear of tick exposure, you may want to research what your elected representative thinks of climate change and what can be done about it.


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I bought several hiking pants with cargo pockets and sprayed them with Sawyer's spray. Been wearing them all summer. I used to spray one or two pairs of jeans a summer but could never remember which pair I sprayed. :roll: :roll:

Sawyer's seems to work for me. I also saved our toilet paper rolls and stuff them with cotton balls that I've sprayed with Sawyer's. Then I throw the rolls under the camp, stuff them in the woodshed and place them anywhere I think mice go. (which is everywhere) The mice build nests with the cotton balls which kills the tick nymphs. I don't know for sure if it works but it sounds good.



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[quote="baydog"habitat change and removal of large predators increasing deer density might, just might have something to do with it.........[/quote]

You looking to bring wolves and cougars back to Maine? Talk about political! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Tick city
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Great info all - thanks! I have a client that just returned from Germany - treatment for her Lyme. Before her diagnosis, 3 years ago, she was a very dynamic, vibrant woman. Today she walks with a cane and struggles daily. It really is heart breaking to see her. Very timely discussion - take it to heart!


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There is a new tick (has a white spot on it) that if you get bite makes you allergic to red meat.


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I had Lyme back in my early 20’s living in PA, where it was more prevalent and better diagnosed. It was a rough month during the summer but we nipped it early. It was a rotten sickness. Beware.

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