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post #21 of 33 Old 03-14-2012, 12:50 AM
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I use a pumice stone and give Pukeko a bath , rub over with the pumice stone (not hard , its more of a back scratch than anything else , he loves it - I also use a hessian sack , he prefers it on his face and its rough enough that it gets off the loose stuff.) I wouldn't pick off the scabs , as it opens him up to infection and all sort of crud but using the pumice and the hessian sack , it gets off what is loose and ready to come off anyway and makes him feel good :)

I put some tea tree oil in the water as it also deters fleas and ticks and makes him smell good if nothing else - I find that by putting the tea tree oil in , it gets off the live ones and stops new adults hopping on - and then once hes dried off I put the frontline on and it kills off the last of the eggs/juvenile bugs


I do the same for the cats if they come in with them - and for my boy lol - everyone gets tea tree'd haha and the whole property stinks of it for a week.

I'd give your blankets and saddle pads a scrub too just to be safe , wash them in the tea tree oil solution too - they'll smell a bit for a while until they air out but it'll kill anything still on them.
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I use a pumice stone and give Pukeko a bath , rub over with the pumice stone (not hard , its more of a back scratch than anything else , he loves it - I also use a hessian sack , he prefers it on his face and its rough enough that it gets off the loose stuff.) I wouldn't pick off the scabs , as it opens him up to infection and all sort of crud but using the pumice and the hessian sack , it gets off what is loose and ready to come off anyway and makes him feel good :)

I put some tea tree oil in the water as it also deters fleas and ticks and makes him smell good if nothing else - I find that by putting the tea tree oil in , it gets off the live ones and stops new adults hopping on - and then once hes dried off I put the frontline on and it kills off the last of the eggs/juvenile bugs


I do the same for the cats if they come in with them - and for my boy lol - everyone gets tea tree'd haha and the whole property stinks of it for a week.

I'd give your blankets and saddle pads a scrub too just to be safe , wash them in the tea tree oil solution too - they'll smell a bit for a while until they air out but it'll kill anything still on them.
Oh cool lol guess I'm going shopping tomorrow!

Oh the joys of teatree, I remember in primary school mum would put it through my hair to stop the nits coming, I used to get teased for the smell but it worked.

Yeah I'll definately be doing that, i'm going cover shopping anyway as his shoulders seem to have gotten bigger, or his winter cover has shrunk!

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post #23 of 33 Old 03-14-2012, 01:19 AM
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I keep it diluted in a spray bottle and just spritz it on everything lol - our place stinks of the stuff haha , so much so that I don't notice it until someone else comes to visit and gags at the stink when they go in the barn haha
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I keep it diluted in a spray bottle and just spritz it on everything lol - our place stinks of the stuff haha , so much so that I don't notice it until someone else comes to visit and gags at the stink when they go in the barn haha
I used to do that but I just forgot to fill up the bottle once it was empty
I love that aye, my car is like that.. Smells like horse feed and leather... Passenger gets in "Ugh what is that horrible smell!!" Me:"What smell?"

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post #25 of 33 Old 03-14-2012, 02:24 AM
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Guinea Hens spend their entire days looking for ticks to eat
I had zero ticks when I had a flock of guinea hens going.
THIS!!!!! I hate ticks and the Guineas are probably the most annoying chicken thing EVER and they make the most God awful noise but they keep the tick count to almost zero. My Papa says the Guineas see everything and were telling on you when they yelled, or whatever you want to call that noise..

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post #26 of 33 Old 03-14-2012, 10:27 AM
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My dad has guineas and has zero ticks. Years ago before he got them I ended up sick at the dr twice because I had so many bites it made me ill even with spraying myself down with deep woods off and spraying the yard for bugs. They have also eaten all the scorpions and tarantulas. We used to have a bad snake problem too and were curious when they started disappearing until one day I saw why. The guineas will surround a snake and peck it to death. We have no more snakes anymore either.

My new house I bought just last summer has ticks, bad enough that I got sick from the number of bites despite being sprayed all over with off spray. Over the winter I raised a dozen of guineas and this year I expect no more tick problems.

I raised/sold them during high school and collage to pay for all my horse related stuff. The females are the more noisy ones. They will make noise almost constantly, where the males will only make the alarm noise. Unfortunately there is no way to sex them while they are small so you have to wait until they are almost grown to distinguish between them. The good news though is that if you like dark meat chicken then they are quite good to eat as they are almost completely dark meat so you could eat the noisier females and just leave the males for tick duty.
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We have alot of bush ticks where I live and I usually delouse them enough to prevent but this year my two.coming two year olds got them.
Spent over an hour with a fine tooth comb and my fingers pulling them off then covering them with powder. Treat them every few days as needed.
What a pain.

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post #28 of 33 Old 03-14-2012, 04:15 PM
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I was just reading this post with horror, and was about to ask if there are ticks in Alberta (where we are moving to in the Summer)...

...when I saw WSArabians comment.

Eeeek! The odd teeny louse I can do, I'm not sure about multi-legged bloodsucking squirming things that I can see!

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post #29 of 33 Old 03-14-2012, 04:36 PM
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I was just reading this post with horror, and was about to ask if there are ticks in Alberta (where we are moving to in the Summer)...

...when I saw WSArabians comment.

Eeeek! The odd teeny louse I can do, I'm not sure about multi-legged bloodsucking squirming things that I can see!
You were moving to Edmonton, right
In the city I imagine you should be alright. We have a lot of trees on our property which is where they come from, but I don not believe there are alot in the city.

They are nasty little buggers. A few of them exploded in my fingers as I pulled them off and ended up with tick puss all over. Awesome-ness. LOL

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You were moving to Edmonton, right
In the city I imagine you should be alright. We have a lot of trees on our property which is where they come from, but I don not believe there are alot in the city.

They are nasty little buggers. A few of them exploded in my fingers as I pulled them off and ended up with tick puss all over. Awesome-ness. LOL
We're getting an acreage outside of Edmonton - in commuting distance of West Edmonton. Whether that's tick country or not, I'm yet to know....

Tick-Pus. Ugh

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