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2017 AOTY/DOTY Entry

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http://murakamicentreforlyme.org/How%20To%20Check%20for%20Ticks.htm

How to check for ticks.

Step 1
Head straight for your bathroom and strip off all your clothes. Toss them in a dry bathtub. This keeps any critters crawling across the bathroom floor. Just because they aren't on you, doesn't mean they won't find you later in they are out crawling around.
 
Step 2
Check your hair first. If you have long hair , take it down. Run your fingers flat against your scalp and over your entire head. Hold your fingers together and use both hands. Touch the entire surface area of your scalp. Feel for small bumps or objects against your head. It helps to have a partner assist you in the search through your hair, making sure to part the hair in sections while checking thoroughly.
 
Step 3
Comb your hair. Hopefully you didn't find any ticks attached to your head, but they could still be around. Use a small-toothed comb and thoroughly comb through all of your hair. If your hair is long, pull it up when you're finished.
 
Step 4
Look over the rest of your body from the top down. Some ticks are very small, so look carefully at your skin. You are looking for a small, round, black or brown bump. Stand in front of a long mirror to look at your back side or ask for some assistance if your partner is around.
 
Step 5
Raise your arms and check your armpits. Ladies, be sure to check underneath your breasts. Ticks like dark areas. Check your male and female parts just in case. Ticks will typically head for the hottest area of the body (the head) and will only stop if they are blocked by clothing or armpits, groins, etc.
 
Step 6
Put on some clean clothes. If you've made it this far without finding a tick you are good to go. Carefully pick up your clothes from the bathtub and hold them away from yourself. Look for ticks in the bathtub.
 
Step 7
Take your clothes outside and give them a shake. Turn them inside out and shake them again. If you found a tick, leave your clothes outside for a while. If you missed one, it should crawl away eventually in search of more food.


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That's the part I worry most about trips to the lake.  That's why I go shower, even in cold water and change clothes. 

Hoping for the best news and outcome.  This reminds me to reapply all my clothes with permetherin.


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I got bit by my first tick last year at Lake Sonoma.  I used to sit and lay down wherever I wanted, until I was hanging out at camp and something bit me in the neck.  It was in an area where I couldn't see it in the mirror.  It felt like a mole and no matter how hard I tried to pull it out with my fingers, I couldn't.  I finally had ChuckE check and he confirmed it was a tick.  Luckily he had tweezers to carefully remove it before the tick had a chance to bury it's head.  There's no way I could've removed that tick in the field by myself. 
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tick are nasty buggers!! Used to go to Bon Tempe and Alpine Lake a lot and hiking around there are a ton of ticks. Even golfing at Half Moon Bay last year I got a few.

Just make sure to tuck in your shirts and pull your socks over your pants. Wear light color so you can spot them in case. This will help slow them down but they will eventually find a way to the blood source.

My dog got a few at Bon Tempe and those suckers leave scars! GF got a few as well when we went home and she notice it. I grab tweeter and pull it out.

Lyme disease is no joke. Her co-worker got it and it eventually ended his life :(



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I got bit by my first tick last year at Lake Sonoma.  I used to sit and lay down wherever I wanted, until I was hanging out at camp and something bit me in the neck.  It was in an area where I couldn't see it in the mirror.  It felt like a mole and no matter how hard I tried to pull it out with my fingers, I couldn't.  I finally had ChuckE check and he confirmed it was a tick.  Luckily he had tweezers to carefully remove it before the tick had a chance to bury it's head.  There's no way I could've removed that tick in the field by myself.

Quick squirt of OFF and they back right out...done it once a buncha times.
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I contracted Lyme and I never even saw the tick, nor did I notice the tick bite.

Know what early stage Lyme looks like!
Do you still suffer from it or are you well because you got treated in time?


I am asymptomatic. Yay.

I think most of us would disagree with you on that one.
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I contracted Lyme and I never even saw the tick, nor did I notice the tick bite.

Know what early stage Lyme looks like!
Do you still suffer from it or are you well because you got treated in time?


I am asymptomatic. Yay.

Me too. Got it near Shelter Cove in 2001. Never knew I got bit but I got the nice bullseye rash a few weeks later on the back of my leg. Guy in line behind me at the grocery store saw it and asked me if I played racquetball. Pointed it out. I got it checked but never developed any other symptoms. I've known other people that weren't so lucky.


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I hate ticks. Got one on my neck once while Geocaching. Yuck.
I've removed a few from my dogs too.

Hope you're ok.

Al
« Last Edit: February 28, 2017, 09:02:15 PM by Alfredo »


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Wear rubber gloves whrn messing with ticks on animals.  Not funny but we used to squish ticks prior to flushing them...ouch
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Wear rubber gloves whrn messing with ticks on animals.  Not funny but we used to squish ticks prior to flushing them...ouch

I'll remove a good dozen from Kona after any weekend on the coast. Lucky so far this weekend. We give her some 3 month pill for the bastards as well.
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Wear rubber gloves whrn messing with ticks on animals.  Not funny but we used to squish ticks prior to flushing them...ouch

I'll remove a good dozen from Kona after any weekend on the coast. Lucky so far this weekend. We give her some 3 month pill for the bastards as well.

Spray your dog with repellant before turning them loose. I spray Ol Peps down good before quail hunting or any place I think may be "ticky" and I have only pulled a couple off him the last year or so. Usually up under his collar. Try it, it really helps.
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Ugh scary stuff, hope it works out OK. Thanks for the guide opie, that's actually quite useful for me as a beginner.
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