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Tick Invasion
April 5, 2012
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I am in southern West Virginia on a farm. We have cattle and dogs (some hunting one house), We deal with ticks each year, but this year is the worst I have every seen.. we have dipped the dogs  in a solution that is supposed to kill everything. ticks are still here on the dogs. I would prefer to used something  homapathic Any Ideas?

April 5, 2012
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Not much to advise, but I’m expecting this to be a bad year for lots of pests, I have guineas on order because they LOVE ticks (for lunch!) and I’m using Revolution on my animals even though I don’t like to. 

I really don’t recommend anyone follow the advice some give to feed your dog garlic, it’s of very minimal (if ANY) help and it is dangerous to dogs.  Not all dogs will have a violent reaction to it, but it can kill some dogs, sicken others.

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April 5, 2012
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Keep the grass where you walk as short as possible, if walk into longer grass, where boots and indeed get some guineas…they love them.

April 5, 2012
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We’ve talked about getting a guinea or 2…can I put them right in with the chickens?

April 5, 2012
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Mine are, Suzanne had trouble with her’s being aggressive with her hens but mine seem fine.   I think it just depends on the individuals.  They are noisy!  … and they really are about the most stupid birds on the planet.    Just sayin’!

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April 5, 2012
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we have one male guinea (lost  the two hens last year  strange dog caught one and one reached up to peck something off the electric fence and got electrocuted) so they are dumb but if you watch them  real close they have personalities.. since this one lost his hens  he will go to the shiny hubcaps of the vehicles and peck..we are going to get a couple of hens to help him out

April 6, 2012
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Being electrocuted? really?? they are even less smarter then they look LOL (and they don’t look smart)

Mine are in a seperate shed, but are allowed now to roam free….for the best tick clean up.

I was scared to let them out, then they escaped last week, that shed has 2 entrances and the one door blew open..so they flew over the fence and were free.

But we left the other door open and every night they go back in…

My chickens have a huge outdoorrun, size of a soccerfield, but are behind a fence, due to the wildlife we have…but not they guineas, since they fly so much better then chickens.

April 6, 2012
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We are having the same problem, but we are finding the ticks on us. In 3 days I pulled one off my DH head, DD’s neck and two off of me that anyone would not want to have a bug near!!

I went to TC and they said that Sevin is one of the best, I personally dont want to use chemicals, so I started looking. I have heard everything from DE to Pepermint oil. I am not sure if they work or not but I think its worth a shot.

I too am looking in to guinea’s but I am not sure how my DH would react to them.

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April 7, 2012
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sulfur granuals are good.  we lived in the country and had dogs and that is how we controlled ticks.  ticks like the shade of trees. 

April 9, 2012
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We have guineas as well, but because we paid for these 4 and don’t want to have to pay to get more, we are keeping our first guineas inside. We will move them to a moveable pen at some point but we won’t let them be totally free. Instead, we hope to hatch little ones, handle them daily, and through that process, be able to keep them closer in the yard and have them more trainable to come in at night. If we lose any to any sort of predator, we will have our parent stock to replace them with. That is our plan right now, anyway.

At present, we have muscovy ducks now out and wandering the yard and pasture. I am hoping that they will decide that they like ticks just as much as the flies and mosquitoes. I’ve read that they eat everything that moves except for box elder bugs, so I have hope. We have 11 of these ducks at the moment and nesting time should be approaching soon here, so we should have a lot more running around by the middle of summer out of our 8 hens.

I am totally looking forward to next year…should be bug-free and dandelion free and maybe have less other weeds. I love having our bases covered. I wonder, though, as much as the dog wanders around, how many ticks she will still bring in and have on her. Oh well, at least it will be a lot less on us and on the livestock. Nothing like milking the cow and having ticks that blend in right near your face. Yuck!

We found our first tick yesterday, so “hunting season” is now on here.

April 9, 2012
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Ducks love them too! They should really help a lot!

Your plan for the guineas sounds like an excellent one! I have more on order, and I’m making my brood pen up on legs so I can get to them and handle them easily this time. Last ones were too difficult to get to and keep handling because for me to bend over that much, very often is too difficult with my old and rickety knees.

I’m also considering clipping their wings, though, they don’t actually fly off, they just wander off in pairs once they get to breeding age, so I’m not sure it’s going to be very helpful. I’ve got some thoughts about making a covered pen for them for the early times too… Oh well, I have time to think about it since they don’t even ship keets till May, and I’m not sure where my order will fall in the queue.

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April 10, 2012
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I’m a great fan of food-grade diatomaceous earth powder. It’s chemical free and inert and works by making microscopic cuts in the bugs skin. I use it around my plants and on the fur of my dogs and cats as one of the cats is allergic to all of the flea control drops and collars, also ‘pouf’ it around the animals bedding.

April 11, 2012
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I’ve spent the last couple of days clearing brush and low hanging dead tree limbs off my property.  I’ve also cut the grass to less than 3 inches.  AND I (had to, really really had to) sprayed the back yard and all my trees with pesticide.  You could NOT walk in the yard without getting a few ticks on you.  I still have the front bushes to take care of and then I’m done. 

From my reading online (http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/prev/index.html): remove brush and piles of dead leaves; trim grass to less than 3 inches; remove dead tree limbs; check self and animals each visit outside (which my puppy hates); if you have a small forest or clump of trees, create a barrier between the trees and the grass using sand/gravel/chips.

 

On line does recommend pesticides and I chose that route due to the sheer volume of ticks (so much for organic gardening this year).  I’ve also spoken to my neighbors and asked if they would take care of their yards as well.  Next door neighbor has a maple tree that grows right on the property line – the lower hanging branches were covered in ticks.  Those lower branches are now GONE and the tree sprayed.

 

I had forgotten the diatomaceous earth powder (thank you Jeanine) as I’ve been trying to figure out how to treat the house.  With animals (cats, dogs) that roam in and out at will I know the interior of the house needs to be treated.  I can’t bomb as I also have birds (the D-earth powder doesn’t harm them).   My older cats and dogs all get treated but the puppy is not old enough (7 weeks) and is getting attacked.

 

Between ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and chiggers my backyard is not a happy place, and that doesn’t make me or my animals happy!no

 

Any ideas on how to get rid of the mental creepy-crawlies?

April 11, 2012
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“Any ideas on how to get rid of the mental creepy-crawlies?”

 

A week in Aruba should do it!!!!!!sun

Where are we going and why are we in a handbasket?

May 8, 2012
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We experienced the tick explosion this last weekend.  I was mowing and had one when I came in.  Husband was working on the hen house and had 4 over the course of 2 days. 

Talk about “creepy-crawlies”…. on Saturday night we were in bed sleeping and I reached over and put my arm around him and felt a tickly sensation.  I thought it was my hair tickling me but when I moved I felt it again.  Turned on the light and – a tick crawling bug-eyed

I’ve had the “creepy-crawlies” ever since…EVERYTHING FEELS LIKE SOMETHING IS CRAWLING on it bug-eyedbug-eyedbug-eyedbug-eyedbug-eyed

May 8, 2012
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I use the diatomaceous earth as well.

 

There is an organic juniper/rosemary spray that I have used on my dogs as well.

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