Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Frozen Feathers, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Took my 2 darling little goats for their first walk today out in the "back 40" more like 11...but who's counting. They were great, but we came back loaded with ticks!!! Gross!!! I HATE TICKS!! I had 3 on myself...that I've found so far...yuck, nasty little useless creatures. I smashed them and fed them to my chickens.
    Just had to rant... we get so many and they are so disgusting. i mean, I don't like spiders either, but at least they serve a purpose...
  2. Judymae

    Judymae Songster

    Apr 22, 2007
    Merit, Tx
    I totally agree. Yuk! We put sulphur on our land to help keep those nasty boogers away but our dogs travel to the pasture across the road alot and bring them back. I can't stand it! I even try putting crushed garlic in their food to ward off the ticks and fleas.
  3. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    Amen sister! Those things are NASTY.

    I've been sitting out in our yard before, glanced over, and seen one crawling along the grass toward me. YUCK YUCK YUCK. I used to think they just sort of sat and waited.. which was disgusting but I could handle it. Now that I know they will actually FOLLOW... BLECHY!

    Last year was horrible for ticks here. I was hoping the snow had killed a ton.. but still picking them off the dogs, cats, and one from my daughter. I've found a number of them crawling on my clothes, but so far they haven't gotten to taste me. I've started a campaign with hubby to get a guinea hen for some control. That campaign will END as soon as I find a few chicks nearby!

  4. crazy4daisy

    crazy4daisy Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Central Missouri
    I'd rather get bitten by a (nonposinous) snake rather than have a tick. GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :thun
  5. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    I can't stand them.
    I have discovered a secret side to myself when it comes to ticks. Whenever I discover one on my dogs, take great satisfaction in pulling it off and killing it. I can't think of anything else I could do that to, I even go as far as 'relocating' spiders, beetles, and the like. Well, I take that back, I guess I feel the same about fleas.
    There you go, the secret confessions of a tick and flea hater.

    Just out of curiosity, is it guinea fowl that eat ticks or do all poultry like them as treats?
  6. Jezebelle

    Jezebelle In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2007
    Pinnacle, NC
    arent you suppose to tie a drier sheet to you...and the goats i heard somewhere that helped keep ticks away?

    uumm try this...

    * 2 tablespoons vegetable or nut oil (almond oil contains sulfur, a repellent in its own right)
    * 10 to 25 drops Rose Geranium essential oil

    Combine the ingredients in a glass jar; shake to blend.
    Makes: 2 tablespoons
    Shelf Life: 6 months

    Dab a few drops on your skin or clothing, making sure to avoid eyes.

    Skip the Pennyroyal if there is anyone pregnant (including pets) in the home, as it can induce miscarriage. And as always, use essential oils with caution as they can burn the skin and harm eyes. Don't use these essential oils around cats.

  7. rufus

    rufus Crowing

    May 17, 2007
    For what it is worth, I have been told that those fabric softener dryer sheets will keep ticks off of you if you pin them to the legs of your pants. Stuff them into your socks too. Try it, what have you got to lose.

  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
  9. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    As I look at this situation I see a remarkable opportunity for you to get some more birds...GUINEAS!! [​IMG] They love ticks and would be pleased to help you out. [​IMG]
  10. blossom hen

    blossom hen Songster

    Feb 20, 2007
    NE Tx
    The following info was e-mailed recently by a friend who is a nurse. So far, I haven't had to use it, but plan to try it when I find a tick on me or my grandson:

    "I had a pediatrician tell me what she believes is the best way to remove a tick. This is great, because it works in those places where it's sometimes difficult to get to with tweezers: between toes, in the middle of a head full of hair, etc.
    Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and let it stay on the repulsive insect for a few seconds (15-20), after which the tick will come out on it's own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. This technique has worked every time I've used it and it's much less traumatic for the patient and easier for me."

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