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post #1 of 12 Old 05-05-2013, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Tick season again!

What do you do to prevent them?

Just found one on one of the dogs and when I pulled it out, two more were attached to the same spot. Also found one crawling on our couch!
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-05-2013, 03:25 PM
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I found one speeding across the upstairs landing (area between bedrooms if that doesn't translate in UK to US) yesterday
They give me the creeps, I've been checking my hair ever since.
Had less on the horses so far this year as its so dry here, I check them really well 2 x daily as the worst ones (deer ticks/Lymes) are so tiny.
I use a general spray on them regularly and also put a dab of Frontline under the 'chin' and at the back of each heel on the horses (as recommended by my Vet) and use as per instructions on the dogs
I'm thinking of trying the insect leg boots on the horses this year to see if they might help too - might help stop them stamping from other bugs/flies too.
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-05-2013, 03:32 PM
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On the horses we put mineral oil in their manes and tails and insecticide on their body, it keeps them off for about two weeks
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post #4 of 12 Old 05-05-2013, 03:42 PM
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I just use normal bug spray that's suppose to work for ticks on my horses and something with deet in it for myself.
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post #5 of 12 Old 05-05-2013, 04:29 PM
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When it comes to removal - I can't say enough about the "Tick Lasso".
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post #6 of 12 Old 05-05-2013, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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We've used a generic brand of Off bug spray on the horses when the Mosquitos are bad. I don't usually use anything for ticks on myself. My wife usually has them attacking her. Somehow I feel them crawling on me and get them before they dig in.

Most horse sprays only last a day or two if even that.
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We've used a generic brand of Off bug spray on the horses when the Mosquitos are bad. I don't usually use anything for ticks on myself. My wife usually has them attacking her. Somehow I feel them crawling on me and get them before they dig in.

Most horse sprays only last a day or two if even that.
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I use bug spray more to keep the mosquitoes off than ticks but glad it works for both. Surprisingly I've spent a lot of time in the woods and only found two ticks on my clothes and none on my horses. Ticks haven't got any farther than that as I'm supersensitive to anything touching my skin as mosquitoes believe I'm a gourmet meal.
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-06-2013, 07:13 AM
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The best thing is 100% pure Neem Oil.

I have just dunked all the dogs (16 in all) much to their disappointment!

Mix 2 tablespoons Neem - 2 liquid soap - 3 pints of hot water and wash the dog all over. Do not rinse.
Dogs with flea allergy where they scratch themselves raw, will benefit greatly from this mix as Neem relieves irritation.

It lasts for at least two weeks, is natural so no chemicals and works well.

Anything that is left from the dogs can have more water added (dilute it down X2) and spread that on the garden and it will keep all bugs, including slugs and snails away. None wasted!

The only downside is that Neem stinks. It has a smell of its own but, no way can it be called pleasant!
As I use it for many things, dogs, garden, chickens (great for lice and mites) on the horses as a fly spray I am immune to the stench!
Well worth getting use to and the smell wears off fairly fast.
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post #9 of 12 Old 05-06-2013, 09:23 AM
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Ugh, tell me about it. I take my dog for hikes on the weekend. She has just a long coat, it makes it impossible to find them. I just have to wait it out until they crawl to where I can see them. She's usually pretty good at pointing them out.

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post #10 of 12 Old 05-07-2013, 12:31 AM
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For dogs, I have used frontline when I took them where ticks were "likely". They didn't get any, but I didn't really see any "around" either.

I had ticks get on my horses back east once. Wow, that right there was enough to make me want to leave. :) I don't know what prevents them, but Listerine backs them out really well. Gees, they are horrid.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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