Nature Walk

Long Walking Trail(s) - Taken at the local Nature Center near me Wed on a walk.
@webeishere (36377)
United States
May 7, 2009 1:45pm CST
I live near a Nature Center and Wed I went there for some healthy walking and sightseeing of nature etc. The trails cover about 7 miles or so with blacktop, natural, and wooden trails throughout. I walked through this wooded area in the photo for about a mile when my ankle starting to get bitten. I looked down and poulled off two wood ticks. That ended the walking through the natural paths. I stuck ontop the paved and wooden trails after that. Later that afternoon when I got home I showerd and examined myself and found 2 more ticks. Have you ever gotten wood ticks before? How do you remove them? The match head and the alcohol ways are myths and do not ease their removal. Pinching the head with tweezers and pulling it out is the only easy way to remove the whole tick sucsessfully. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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19 responses
• United States
7 May 09
this time of year you are more than likely to get plenty of ticks if you spend any time in the woods at all! I have found the old tweezer squeeze-n-pull method to be the very best way to remove them. I haven't found but one way to keep from getting ticks or red bugs... sulpher mixed with vaseline works great as prevention... but you smell to high heaven! .. ask me how I know!
@webeishere (36377)
• United States
7 May 09
Wearing long pants helps too. I was in shorts and a tanktop. Hahaha! HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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@BarBaraPrz (17331)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 May 09
That must have been a sight to see!
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• United States
7 May 09
Yep, long pants help as well!! ha! What are you doing on a hike with shorts on? Was it one of those impromptu hikes? Or you just crazy? :)
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@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
7 May 09
Oh I hate those pesky ticks and the bites sure do whelp up and itch, at least on me they do. I hate when the head don't pull off with the body. There seems to be something that comes to mind about clear fingernail polish and ticks, not sure if that is what you do to kill them to take them off or if it is for the itch. Sorry I am of no help. Sometimes the ticks are too tiny to get a good grip on the head with the tweezers.
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@webeishere (36377)
• United States
7 May 09
Nice small tweezers are needed not the larger eybrow pluking kind. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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• United States
7 May 09
usually when i go on a walk i think about stuff from the future and past
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@ElicBxn (60052)
• United States
8 May 09
generally speaking, I prefer someone else to pull them out, but then again, they like to bite me where I can't reach...
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@BarBaraPrz (17331)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
7 May 09
That's too bad that you got bit. Hope you don't get Lyme disease. Take care.
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@dragon54u (31298)
• United States
8 May 09
I've never had a tick on me, at least that I can remember. My brother and I used to play in the fields and woods at my grandparents' houses and my family camped out every summer. I never even saw a tick, even on any of our dogs, until I was in my late 20's. Did you see ticks as a child? I think either I was very lucky or there are more ticks around than there used to be. What do you think, Grandpa?
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
18 May 09
I think there are more ticks! I JUST took one off me! It hadn't attached itself yet, but still... geez! This was the 5th tick I've had to kill after I found it looking for the perfect spot to dig in this season! They seem much worse this year than last. My dogs and cats have Frontline Plus, but that apparently does not prevent the ticks from hitching a ride! Ewwwwwwwwww! I HATE them!!!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
18 May 09
I've had wood ticks on me before. Tweezers are the best way to remove them but, even then, sometimes the head stays stuck under your skin. I had a deer tick on me once and the head broke off when my husband removed the tick. I went to my doctor to have it removed and he gave me an antibiotic to take in order to prevent Lyme disease. I was lucky to get an appointment to see the doctor that day because I've read that, if you get the tick (AND head) out of your skin within 24 hours of it's biting you, chances are very poor that you will get Lyme Disease. Where we live now, in the MOUNTAINS, I'd be lucky to get an appointment any sooner than a week later! I hate ticks!
@Darkwing (21590)
17 May 09
I don't know whether we get wood ticks here, or if we do, they can't thrive or something. I'm always walking in the woods but have never had them attach to me. There are sheep ticks though which bury themselves right under the skin. I don't know the best way to remove them but I would guess that the verucca freezing spray would be the best bet. It might take a week for them to completely disappear, but the freezing action stops veruccas from feeding and they die off. Seems like a fair bet to me with ticks too. Brightest Blessings.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
13 May 09
I don't normally go on nature walks, but I used to live in an area where ticks were very common. The dogs got them like crazy and once in awhile one would end up on one of us humans. My daughter had a tick on her shoulder the other day and she pulled it off herself. Now she has a big bump there from where the tick was. I think the head is still in there. Not sure what to do about that.
@Lindalinda (4116)
• Canada
8 May 09
Oh my, oh my, that would spoil my day. I live near a large park and conservation area as well and came back from a long walk this morning. I saw a duck with 11 little ducklings and two pairs of Canada geese with some cute goslings as well. I thought it was a bit early for those but they were a delight to watch. To get back to the wood ticks. Those are really nasty beasts and a person can get Lyme disease. I did have a wood tick once on my shoulder and had to go to a walk-in clinic to have it removed. Once, when my childrend were young we took an extented trip to go out west. One day we stopped for a picnic lunch at a shaded rest stop. Well, no sooner were we out of the car the wood ticks where everywhere and descended upon us. It was like a horror movie. We packed up everything and fled. At the hotel in the evening we examined everybody very carefully. There was one lodged onto my mother-in-law. We had a heck of a time getting it off.
@PinkyPosh (226)
• Canada
8 May 09
Why don't you try pouring some warm water and then pulling them out by out good old ways? Even I love to go for a hill walk or do some trekking. But insects really scare me a lot. So I'm very cautious about my dress during such activities. And last thing in the world that I could stand is the leech. My god!! I would say no to those places.
• India
8 May 09
Hi grandpa, I usually go for a walk at morning.While walking i look at the side ways in order to know what is their in the surroundings and keep in mind about it.Whenever i feel like buying i just go and buy.Sometimes i think what i should do in future in order to earn money.In this way i think a lot. Have a nice day
@Preciousgem (1190)
• Philippines
8 May 09
Nature walk is a good exercise, it helps to prevents diseases, and it helps to lose weight especially to those who have diabetes, and it helps the heart to function very well, and the joy and excitement that you feel when you see beautiful nature.
@gemini_rose (16194)
8 May 09
Oh my goodness they sound horrible, I would have been a mess if I had found those things on me!! I can honestly say that I have never had wood ticks before, I wonder if we get them in UK, I hope not or it would seriously put me off going out in the woods!!
@dropofrain (1168)
• India
8 May 09
I love to walk in the natural place like garden etc. I hate walking on the treadmill. I think you should walk in the natural air rather than in a closed environment. I think it leads to more of fresh air and thus better health.
@julyteen (13265)
• Davao, Philippines
8 May 09
I love nature that is why i always walking with my fellow mountaineers to climb mountains and witness different kinds of trees, insects, birds and so on. I spend most of my time on the mountains than in the city. I love God's creation. I felt relax when i reached the peak even i am bitten with different insect or some sort of ticks. It's okay as long as i reached the top. I felt relieve and never mind what's the hardship i experience along the way. Anyway, nice to be back here Grandpa.
@madasp (563)
• United States
8 May 09
yeah the tweezer pull seems to be the best way. We live near interstate park on the MN/WI border so we spend a lot of time hiking the trails and then just as much time checking for ticks. We've learned to leave the dogs home if we know we'll be hiking through tall grass because getting them off the dogs is even less fun LOL
8 May 09
Hi GRANDPA BOB, urrreeeuck!!! I hate ticks, but I've never come across ticks in the woods before, if I did I wouldn't go walking there again. Tamara
@GardenGerty (90227)
• Marion, Kansas
8 May 09
Oh yes, at grandma's all the time. She would put chlorox in our bath water. I think we always just pulled them out.