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  • How cold is too cold for tics
  • Are ticks active in cold weather

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    10-18-2008, 07:35 PM
Don't let the cold weather fool you....

I found two ticks on Sonny yesterday when it was soo cold I had my winter jacket on...and I found one tick on another horse that was in the stall (randomly felt a bump on the neck and when I looked at it, it was a tick).

It surprised me cause I thought it was wayy too cold plus I never had a tick problem with SOnny. These are the first ticks I've EVER found on him.

Is it normal for the ticks to make a last stand before they die off? Or hybernate or
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    10-18-2008, 07:36 PM
I found 2 on my horse last weekend. They stay around here until into November sometimes.

To really get rid of them you need a few good freezes.
    10-18-2008, 07:39 PM
I pulled two out of one the horses I ride mane on Thursday. I hate ticks.
    10-18-2008, 08:01 PM
Ticks totally gross me out. I'm sooo squeamish that it's just eww lol

Well hopefully we'll lose them soon cause I think it's going to be an extremely harsh winter
    10-18-2008, 10:08 PM
Originally Posted by SonnyWimps    
Is it normal for the ticks to make a last stand before they die off? Or hybernate or
Yes it is and I wish I hadn't read this thread -- baaad Karma - lol lol

I was just thinking that we got lucky this year by not seeing "the last stand" of ticks on the dogs or the horses - lol lol

I will probably see some now that it's been mentioned - lollol

Since you are in New York, I am really surprised to hear you say that about the ticks. I am from the OH/PA border originally and, like you, was never used to seeing ticks on anything but the dogs.

We retired to Middle Tennessee and I nearly threw up the first year when I saw the Lone Star ticks, out in battalion force, after my horses

I'm used to it now, but I look at EVERY square inch of all four horses. I have found ticks in the edges of their ears, under their chins, way up in the darkest spots under their tails and anal area, INSIDE their sheaths, plus all the normal spots.

It is probably too cold for you now, but if you bath your horses heavily with iodine shampoo, and wait a few minutes, it will make the ticks stand straight up and you can pick them off really easy.

For some reason, the iodine will numb them for a bit, but it rarely kills the evil little creatures --- they are tough

The Lone Star ticks we have are almost impossible to kill, so I keep an empty horse cookie jar (heavily sprayed with Repel-X) on the counter in the barn and throw the ticks in there. Tick purgatory so-to-speak

Also as an FYI, pull the ticks out as quickly as possible. If they are allowed to back themselves out, they will FIRST regurgitate back into their host & that poisoned "gunk" will cause an allergic reaction to one degree or another. A doctor on a local morning radio show said that.

The ticks are why I feed garlic to three of my horses from March thru mid-October. It is 90% effective in keeping the ticks off. I know that for fact, because the 4th horse had an ulcer three years ago and I am afraid to feed him the garlic. I pick more ticks off him in a night than I do off the other three combined over a week's time

ACK!!! My head itches, I am done "tick talking"
    10-19-2008, 05:36 PM
I removed both that were on him and squished them....and I made sure both were dead. THey had just shooked on recently because they weren't fat or anything.

I started to feed him garlic, but I've read some stuff about garlic saying it can cause horse's to become anemic (yeah spelled that wrong)
    10-19-2008, 06:27 PM
I'm in upstate NY and actually moved from one house because we couldn't even have the kids play in the yard the ticks were so bad. We lost 3 dogs to Lyme disease even after they had been properly vaccinated as pups. We moved to another area and keep at least an acre cleared around our house, to help keep ticks at bay, we also bought chickens which eat them. The area around my paddocks outside the fence is kept clear. Ticks are most active in spirng and fall, and I have seen them on my dogs in February. In my opinion there is no seasone that is completely void of those wretched little beasts.
    10-19-2008, 06:35 PM
Yeah I think that will be the case. Luckily where I am the ticks aren't that dog has gotten two but that's it. I got one also.
My horse has gotten 2 so far also.

Where in upstate NY are you if you don't mind me asking.
    10-19-2008, 06:37 PM
Columbia County - base of the Berkshire Mtns. We moved from Albany, where we were on the Pine Bush nature preserve - that's where they were so bad. Also, I forgot to mention, it's the mice who transport them around.
    10-19-2008, 06:46 PM
Awesome! I'm in Saratoga County.
Oh yeah they would get ticks bad there!! There's not many wooded areas by me. A few, but not dense forests.
I'm surprised we don't have a problem with ticks cause we get so many unwanted rodents where I live.

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