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 Posted: Sat Feb 21st, 2015 03:13 AM
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Looks like there's another load of trouble headed the way of those who work and play outdoors. The new virus , part of a class of viruses called thogotoviruses, is deadly and untreatable. Read the story here:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/02/20/cdc-discovers-new-virus-in-kansas/

It's not only the new viruses that we need to watch out for. Good old Lyme disease can be debilitating and very difficult to conquer. My daughter has been sick for nearly 8 years. It began with her losing her balance and falling frequently as well as losing the ability to concentrate. She was tested for MS which was negative, then for early onset Parkinsons which also turned out to be false. It was 4 years before a doctor tested her for Lyme disease. She had 8 of 10 genetic markers for lyme disease. After 4 years of cyclical massive doses of a rotation of antibiotics she is finally clawing her way back to normal health. This stuff invades spinal tissue, lymph glands, and brain cells.

Please use DEET regardless of the risk, go to the doctor immediately if you have a rash or red marks around a tick bite, wear gators and tight shirt cuffs if out in the woods. Early antibiotic treatment, before it invades tissues with low blood circulation levels and hides from the antibiotics, is vital if you think you could be infected. Be careful out there. This is a vicious disease. RD



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 Posted: Sat Feb 21st, 2015 03:26 AM
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Sheesh, do not believe I want to tangle with that mess. Had Rocky Mt Spotted and it put me down for three weeks. Nearly killed a good friend. Had much rather be bitten by a snake than a stinking tick. Makes my skin crawl just thinking about them. Thanks for the heads up RD.
 ETA: we dip our dogs, spray them often, and use Sevin on them and their bedding. I use gasoline on the masonry cracks in the steps/patio as the critters hide in them. 



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RD, ain't gators sorta hard to keep wrapped around your legs?
Do you declaw and use a muzzle on them?



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If you tie their legs together it is easier to wrap them plus they do not catch the brush when walking---got to use your noggin a bit-lol.
I use WD-40 on my cuffs when in the bush. Seems they do not like the smell. I still have a few sets of garters and even blouse pants for summer walking. May look "ninja" but it keeps red bugs(chiggers) and ticks off my legs. That light touch of WD helps too.



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Dealing with ticks (and a BUNCH of other stuff), I'd recommend a product called Temprid. Relatively expensive, but worth the price. Great for ticks, and many, many other critters you might need to deal with. Two active components, Imidicloprid, which is a Neonicotinyl, or nicotinoid. Basically a synthetic nicotine derivative, non repellent, so it won't push things away, they will stay and get exposed to it. VERY low mammalian toxicity, so quite safe around people and pets. The other active is Beta Cyfluthrin, another manmade copy of a plant derivative. Again, VERY low mammalian toxicity. With two actives there is an extremely low chance of an insect population developing resistance to the actives. In my experience, it doesn't happen. If I needed to keep an area free of ticks, this would be my first choice.
Much safer than the Sevin...Sevin is a Carbamate, works by blocking nerve impulses. Trouble is, it works on the same agent present in insect or mammal nerve transmission. Give your dog or yourself the same dosage the insect is getting, and it will affect you in the same way. Sure wouldn't use it on my property. Worked for years, of course, but technology has come a LONG way since the 1960s. I'd take advantage of it...

http://www.epestsolutions.com/temprid-sc-insecticide-400ml.html



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Thanks Charley, always open to new things. As a kid we would dampen our fingers in diesel fuel and rub the cuffs of our clothes. Worked well and very inexpensive--just smelled badly--but the smell was nothing compared to itching.
PS--when you do get a chigger put a dab of fingernail polish on the bump. Kills the itch and smothers the critter.



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Yeah, chiggers aren't fun. Chigger larva (the stage that bites!) are tiny, tiny SOBs, you aren't even likely to see them. Adults, which DON'T bite are a out 1 MM long. The youngster pierce the skin, and inject an enzyme that digests skin cells, That is where the itching comes from. Sealing them so they are not exposed to air helps cut down on the itching, as does a good scrubbing within a couple of hours after the bite. DEET products might adversely affect some people, but I sure use them in chigger country. Interesting, in areas with high populations of Imported Fire Ants, chigger problem re greatly reduced, at least in this part of the country. Nasty predators, for sure.



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I found about 50 years ago if I bathed with GOLD Dial bath soap ticks and chiggers were a very minor annoyance.
Other colors do not work on the bugs.



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