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post #1 of 29 Old 12-27-2013, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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Tick removal remedies??

I don't know if it's the weather we have had this fall and winter but I am having problems with the fat grey ticks this season. I was wondering if anyone had any remedies to remove and repel these ticks? I can pull them off but I'm afraid they will be stuck with a bunch of tick heads in their skin lol. I can't bathe the horse since it's winter. Thanks!
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post #2 of 29 Old 12-27-2013, 10:20 AM
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Put Vaseline all over each tick, they'll start to suffocate and remove themselves :)

As far as keeping them away... I dunno, I've only ever had one or two ticks on my property!!

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Subbing. I've had this awful problem as well. Big grey ticks, as well as the little red ones!
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post #4 of 29 Old 12-27-2013, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Put Vaseline all over each tick, they'll start to suffocate and remove themselves :)

As far as keeping them away... I dunno, I've only ever had one or two ticks on my property!!
I've never had such a severe problem with them. You live in Oklahoma as well so you know it's been a lot wetter this year I'm thinking that has something to do with it maybe.
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post #5 of 29 Old 12-27-2013, 02:41 PM
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shoot just pull them off and smash them with your boot that's all the fun
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Well I do but there are a lot. Trying to make it so they will more confortable and as tick-less as possible.
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post #7 of 29 Old 12-27-2013, 04:07 PM
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pulling them off could leave their head in and there would be risk of infection. Plus that would be painful. I second the vaseline smearing , they slide right off.
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post #8 of 29 Old 12-27-2013, 04:16 PM
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Lavendar oil and rose geranium oil mixed together and put on the base of the tail, the withers, and anywhere else you feel like it will help repelle them. As far as removing them either vaseline or a match that is hot will bring them out but you have to be extra careful with the match so you don't burn the skin of the horse.

Eta: Make sure you get the 100% oil though, nothing with any additives.


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post #9 of 29 Old 12-27-2013, 04:36 PM
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One of the best natural repellant is Neem Oil. You can readily get it on the Internet.

Mix two tablespoons of Neem with the same of liquid soap and make to,two pints with hot water. Wipe this over the horse and it will help to keep,ticks and flies away. It stays potent for several days.

With tick removal, there is an art to it but if you rub the tick with a spirit like denatured alcohol they will come away easily.

Did you know that if you drop a tick on a fire or a hot plate it explodes?
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post #10 of 29 Old 12-27-2013, 04:39 PM
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Years ago my St. B would get ticks under the ear flap on his skull. The vet carried a spray foam for this and it worked like a charm. The ticks just fell off. I so wish I could remember the name of it. Tick sense carbon dioxide and will hide either in the grass or leaves that overhang a well used trail. I read that Guinea fowl will eat ticks, even the chicks.
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