Tick season here in the Adirondack Mountains

@raydene (9874)
United States
June 12, 2008 7:50am CST
This time of year we find ticks on our pets and sometimes ourselves. I have a deer tick on my leg the other day which is scary because they carry lyme disease. I thought it's a good time to share how to remove the small pests. Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap soaked cotton ball and let it stay on the insect for a few seconds (15-20), after which the tick will come out on it's own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. Try it..it works well! xoxoxoxoxo
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• United States
12 Jun 08
Very good tip. We used to live just outside the Adirondack Mountains, and we were constantly checking for ticks this time of year. Now we are in Florida, and I watch for deadly spiders, snakes, and palmetto bugs as big as my car lol.
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@Polly1 (12646)
• United States
12 Jun 08
Thanks so much for the tip. I have been lucky and haven't had any ticks before, don't want any neither. I will do my best to remember this in case I need the info.
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
12 Jun 08
My mom sent me an email with that tip in it last week. I tried it on one of the dogs. The tick did come off, but he cried like crazy the whole time. The soap got into the sore that the tick had caused on his side and the soap hurt him. I rinsed him off right away, but I am not going to try that on him again.
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• United States
12 Jun 08
BE SURE TO KEEP THE TICK!!! My husband got sick from a tick bite, and the doctor told us that we should have kept the tick so that it could be tested for Lyme disease. We live in Georgia, and there has never been a documented case of Lyme disease here. There are many other illness-causing bacteria that ticks carry, not just Lyme disease. Our doctor also told us how to store the tick, and for how long. When you remove the tick, place it in an airtight Ziploc bag. DATE THE BAG, WRITE THE PERSON'S NAME, AND THE BODY LOCATION WHERE THE TICK WAS FOUND. Keep it for about 3 months or so, whatever is recommended in your area.
@snowy22315 (87402)
• United States
12 Jun 08
That's good information to know. I hope he doesn't turn out to be the first victim of lYme's down there. The good news is that it's treatable.
• United States
12 Jun 08
It's been a few years ago, but they couldn't tell if it was Lyme disease or not. They would have needed the actual tick body for testing to tell us if was Lyme, and we no longer had it. Whatever it was, they gave him a hard round of antibiotics and other meds, and it cleared up.
@BYOLA2871 (4371)
• South Africa
13 Jun 08
hm nice tip and i hope peopel who have this problems wth the ticks will just give this a try and help themselves ,i dont have this kind of problem but i do know there will be people out there who will benefit from this
@snowy22315 (87402)
• United States
12 Jun 08
What an easy way to get out ticks. thanks for that info. I'm always worried that either my dog or myself will end up with a tick, we live in a wooded area. PS I love the Adirondacks. That is a beautiful area. We stayed in a chalet there surrounded by birch trees, it really was gorgeous. Take Care snowy.
@weemam (13377)
12 Jun 08
I am never really near animals pal to get ticks but Thanks for the tip XX
@BarBaraPrz (26578)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
12 Jun 08
I'm not even sure what ticks look like but it's good to know such an easy solution.