Ticks and Firewood...

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mangled, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. mangled

    mangled Songster

    Who'da thunk it?

    Since we've been using the fireplace at night to heat, we've been bombarded with ticks in the house.

    First, we began seeing them on our dog. We thought he was bringing them in from outside.

    Then, I finally put 2 and 2 together and figured out where the %&[email protected]&% things were coming from after I put some more wood on the fire and came away with a tick on my leg and on my night gown.

    Today, there was one imbedded in my little boy's head and when I stripped him down for his bath, he had one crawling on him.

    I finally get the kids down for bed and sit down to catch up on some TV, and look down to see one crawling on the dog.


    The dog is always laying right in front of the fireplace, so he's getting a lot of them, but sheesh...

    Now, we really need to use the fireplace to keep the heating bills down. I've got 8 full cord sitting out there that we've busted our behinds splitting and clearing!!

    Does anyone have ANY ideas on how the heck we can combat this?

  2. redoak

    redoak Songster

    Feb 27, 2008
    Russia, NY
    You could let it season more until the bark falls off. The ticks are probably in the crevices in the bark.
  3. mangled

    mangled Songster

    Well, I never thought of that.

    The bark comes away fairly easy, so maybe I'll just have to have a day of knocking of bark and restacking.

    I'm hoping it snaps cold soon and knocks the little crappers off.

    I **HATE** ticks. Seriously, what purpose do they even serve on this planet?

  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Yuk! In 30+ years of burning wood we've ever had that happen. Other bugs yes, but not ticks.
  5. mangled

    mangled Songster

    Well, we're tick central up here.

    They aren't as bad as they were when we were clearing the place to get the house put up, but you still have to watch yourself in the Spring.

    I've got the creepy crawlies now.

  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    We always have them pretty bad in the spring but then they aren't bad the rest of the summer and fall.
  7. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Wow, I have never had that problem either. Ewwww, and HOPE I DONT! Ticks freak me out! I think this is a job for the guinea brigade!!! [​IMG]
  8. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    raise guineas loose in the house? [​IMG]

    man, that is a bummer! i have never experienced this happening, but we did get fleas once from a load of wood! who'd a thunk it. i about lost my mind. never had fleas before that and it nearly put me in a tizzy, seeing bugs on my cats. i cannot imagine your situation with your child! aggh.

    blessings for a bug free home!
  9. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    I'd be looking forward to a nice freeze outside! Can you keep the wood outdoors for now, until you need it? We used to heat with wood, too, so I know what it's like to want to have a nice big stack indoors, but I think that will have to wait until after you get a freeze. If you only bring it in as you are ready to put it on the fire, that should mostly get you by, until you get a freeze. Or maybe only have a couple of extra pieces inside, in a sealed trash bag?

    Yuck! I feel bad for you, that's for sure!
  10. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    Anyway you can get your chickens back by the firewood? Mine LOVE ticks. They must be extra tasty. We had a serious problem with them until I got the chickens. Haven't seen one since. YUMMY!

    Good luck. Ticks completely ook me out. Blech!

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