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  • Will drinking vinegar keep away ticks
  • Does drinking vinegar keep ticks away from people

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    04-29-2008, 10:30 AM
I've never had one on me either. That is why I assumed they could not live on people. I've also been told that once, but I can't rember who told me.
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    04-29-2008, 11:07 AM
Yeah, same here. Lexi like never has ticks. I think she did once, but that was awhile ago.
Same, I never had any ticks on me either, LOL that's pretty interesting.
    04-29-2008, 07:04 PM
They can live on people, maybe just not on thick skinned females My husband had one attach that we couldn't get the head out. He got really sick, not sure if it was the tick sicky stuff or what, but he gets them attached all the time.
    04-29-2008, 07:15 PM
We must be tick magnets here! We ALL get ticks! Dog, cat, horses, kids, me, hubby...you get the picture. It could also be all the friggin cedar trees around here. Tweezers and OFF for the people, frontline for the cat & dog and we'll see what works for the horses.
    05-03-2008, 11:35 PM
I'm an avid camper, so my dog and I have dealt with many ticks before...I've had over 20 stuck to my one ankle at one time (haha, I got lost in the woods that day... :roll: ). Never had one on the horse, though.

For getting ticks out of humans, you can use tweezers, but be really careful: if you squeeze the head too hard, it will squish toxic juices from the bug into your body and you could get really sick. There are also instruments you can buy called tick spoons. I've heard heat works too--hold a lighter up to the tick (being careful not to burn yourself, of course!) and it will up and leave, or at least loosen. Also--once you remove the tick, make sure you get the whole thing: sometimes, the head will stay stuck to the area, and oftentimes legs will also remain in the sore. That's not fun.
    05-05-2008, 02:29 PM
Well, I had a massage therapist do my mare (she injured her back) and I only found a few marks on her neck from ticks, but she went to do her hind quarters and moved her tail, and she found out that her whole tail was infested with them, lots of blood on the tail as well. She is worried that she might have Lyme disease, does anyone know the symptoms?
    05-06-2008, 10:52 AM
I hope your mare doesn't have Lyme's. I would call a vet out and see if you can do bloodwork to see if she has it or not.

Here's a website with symptoms and stuff.
    05-06-2008, 07:08 PM
A friend of mine with lots of horses and lots of ticks swears by that spot on stuff, I think its called Equi Spot.
    05-09-2008, 05:02 PM
I feed a table spoon of vinegar or white vinegar in their food everyday when the tick season is at high! The vinegar keeps flies away too because the horses will sweat out the vinegar and those pesky ticks/flies will go NOWHERE near them! I also give my horse apple cider vinegar. I put a cup of it in every five gallons of water. It keeps the flies away and it keeps the water clean! The horse's will also have wonderful coats and they'll feel a lot better. Apple cider vinegar has a lot of benefits and vets recommend it a lot. :)

To take ticks off... Dap nail polish or nail polish remover on the tick. It'll instantly die because it'll suffocate and you'll be able to take it right off!

Also another reminder for tick safety. :) Take a tablespoon of vinegar before you go on a trail ride or you're going through tall grass. Then when you get home take a shower and you'll have not ONE tick on you! It's awesome!

Hope this helps!

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