Originally Posted by Scoope
Holly - are they cattle ticks?? We had a similar problem (don't know if its the sudden humidity or what but the tick population went ballistic) , we used a few vials (get the vet to give you a weight/dosage) of Frontline (the stuff for dogs/cats) for a quick fix as it killed the larve and eggs as well as the adult bugs. Your vet might have a generic substitute that would be cheaper but it worked really well.
Chickens are rubbish for getting rid of ticks - you want a few guinea fowl , there's lots cheap on trademe usually , really low effort and they roost in the trees so no hutch needed. They get rid of ticks/ flying ants - any insects really. Or Peacocks are good as well im told , but the guinea fowl are cheaper, not especially bright birds though.
Yeah I think so, we're on a dairy farm so I'm guessing that's them, but we haven't seen any on our cows so apparently they would rather my horse
Oh wow, that might be an idea, didn't even think of that lol.
Yeah he's covered in ripcord at the moment, so far there's no more ticks and most of the lumps have gone down where I've managed to pull the suckers out.
Now he's got those horrible crusty bits that are lumpy from having ticks on them.. Should I pick them then disinfect and treat or just leave them? They're even over his face and he didn't have ticks on his face! His legs are still a bit puffy too so he's having those sponged down with cold water each day.
I see the picture below, they look like pretty cool little animals haha might talk to dad about them.