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    Copied from a post on FB – untried by myself yet

    Use a lint roller right after being in the woods or on a brush walk.. for humans & pets

    Ticks are as lethal as a venomous snake in the wrong scenario!

    Don’t let those pesky annoying ticks stop you enjoying the countryside. Here’s how with a simple homemade solution!

    Repellent for your pets:

    For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).

    To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, any of which will repel ticks and fleas while also creating a nicely scented repellent. Spray onto the pet’s dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.

    For you and your family:

    In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water. To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil.

    Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks.

    After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine your skin and hair when back inside to make sure no ticks are on the body.

     

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    Can humans get ticks?

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    Of course , we get ticks every year, the trick is to remove them immediately .

    You only get ticks if you are outside in the country .

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    Oooh, I never thought humans could get ticks….yuck!

    My dog has had them…..horrid things. Where do humans get them? Surely they don’t get the chance to suck your blood though. You must notice them immediately??

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    Long grass…Lymes disease is a direct result of a tick bite…you need to remove them ASAP…making sure you get all of it.

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    YES Pumpkin they most definitely can! As Marmite said Lymes disease is a nasty result of ticks so if your dog gets them from where you walk so can you make sure you check and always remove completely.

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    My little dog nearly died last year from a tick bite and he was at the time being treated with a skin applied deterrent. Luckily my vet saved him, He is now on a tablet prescribed by the vet so hopefully that will protect him. Ticks are disgusting creatures, the live in long grass and especially ferns so if you have dogs avoid these areas and if you have a garden or field where your dogs roam, keep the grass cut and strimmed down. Don’t walk with bare skin(ie:shorts) through areas with long grass.

    Not all ticks carry disease but some do and it affects animals and humans…… be aware!

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    Where do humans get them? Surely they don’t get the chance to suck your blood though. You must notice them immediately??

    They usually attach themselves along the “sweat line”  , You can feel them , it’s like a small itch , don’t scratch them . There are special small plastic tick removers that you can get from the pharmacies here in France and probably in Guernsey too.

    They are only dangerous if you leave them to suck your blood . There is not a high risk of Lyme disease in humans and it is easily treated with antibiotics . The tick has to be attached for more than 24 hours to transmit the disease.

    We get a few every year in the Spring while working in the woods. :-) Our dog is protected ( Bravecto), so doesn’t get them .

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    Thanks for that Deboer. I know the tick removers you mean, always had one when I had my dog.

    I was just amazed that humans could get them, really didn’t realise!

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    There is not a high risk of Lyme disease in humans and it is easily treated with antibiotics

    That may generally be the case but a friend had quite a long spell in hospital as a result so not something to be too blasé about perhaps

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    They are only dangerous if you leave them to suck your blood . There is not a high risk of Lyme disease in humans and it is easily treated with antibiotics . The tick has to be attached for more than 24 hours to transmit the disease.

    If you leave the tick on you to suck your blood for more than a day or two then you have a 5% chance of catching Lyme disease.

    We are  certainly not blasé  about ticks , but then we don’t panic when one attaches itself either . Just stating the facts Fruitcake . Your friend must have left the tick for a while ? :-)

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    Didn’t mean to suggest that you are blasé Deboer, like you I was just stating a fact about a friend and the resulting problem from a tick which, as you say she probably had left on for too long,  I was really following on from your statement that Lymes disease is easily treated with antibiotics, I was pointing out that it can be more serious (in certain circumstances) and it was that which I was saying for people to not be too blasé about. It is not my wish to cause panic about them, they are part of country living, just to be aware and remove the horrible things asap.

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    Glad we got that sorted out then Fruitcake ! :-) :rose:

    There is a lot of ” stuff ” written about ticks and Lyme disease . Those in poor condition can need long medical treatment , as you say the tick just needs to be removed . Two years ago while I was clearing brambles from a patch of land , I had 8 in one day , all removed that evening without further problem . Obviously if they are left to feed on you , then you are asking for trouble . Lovely little things .

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