I don't mind them, all memeing aside I grew up getting tons of ticks playing in the woods so I think their "shock" value of finding one on me is gone. Deconditioning yourself as an adult might be harder...either way its not a big deal, just pluck them off. Its just another of a bajillion realities about going outside.
Minnesota here. In summer? Literally every trip, even walking down the road next to tall grass. I started counting after a job up an eight mile trail. At home before a shower I counted 43. Just everywhere
I'm in Connecticut, which means barberry, which means fucktons of ticks. One time I found 5 on me after a day out. Less than 1% of deer ticks carry Lyme, and transmission risk is low if they have been latched on for less than 24 hours. Just check yourself every day you're in a tick area and keep tweezers. Lyme is nasty, it can cause bell's palsy, neurological damage, and joint damage.
>>665730 well think about it. assuming we are derived from apes, we became skinless possibly as an evolutionary trait against thinks like ticks. it may even be that the proverbial missing link died off from hairyness, and we are the darwinistic outcome. so its not that we never had an issue with it, just that those of us
also we've had insect repellent for a long time. such as what sticks or herbs to add to your fire to ward off insects is one of the older knowledges we created. some african tribes use certain muds as both antiseptics and second skins, similar to some animals. im no anthropologist but its hard to assume there was much "before insect repellent"
>>665535 prioritize... i work outside all summer and have never gotten bit. also dress and pack appropriately or even avoid certain areas > 1. dehydration, sun exposure 2. wild parsnip, poison oak/ivy, wasps, hornets, bees 3. chiggers, ticks, mosquitos, deer/horse flys, black flys, gnats
>>665535 From a person who lives in one of the tickiest parts of Southern Ontario, would any anons from the PNW be able to tell me how bad it is around your neck of the woods? I remember running through a 100 acre meadow on Vancouver Island, and maybe got two blackleggeds on me. If I did the same thing here, I'd have hundreds of deer ticks ceawling all over me.
>>665603 Not Lyme disease, but I got relapsing fever a couple years ago from a deer tick while playing disk golf. It was like getting a flu back to back to back. The worse part about it is when you start feeling better the last time you start worrying about it coming back again.
>>665796 Never gotten a tick. Only seen one once, on my doge. We don't do bugs much around these parts. Blew my mind the first time I went camping in Wisconsin. Also, Missouri is awful for them, but for some reason I only found one, crawling, and hadn't attached, and the lady got like ten. Which I then had to pull in the tent. Good reason to get her naked though.
I've only ever had 1 on me and that happened last spring. The wild asparagus was still coming up in mid June for some reason. Bastard must have been in the high weeds. It was a lone star tick, but according to the geographic distribution maps they aren't in Michigan...
>>665674 Not that anon, but I always wear full length pants and long shirts when out during the summer. It's also a reason I don't go too far out when it's hot. Early spring and Autumn weather are much more enjoyable anyways, even winter is better. Summers are for relaxing on the patio or wasting money at the gun range.
They're terrible here in Georgia. A relative of mine got somehow got Lyme here and they've never been north of South Carolina. It's my worst fear going out. Why doesn't somebody eradicate like they're planning on doing to mosquitoes?
California here. My dad used to take me on hunting trips and I was in the Boy Scouts. Never once did I ever experience a Tick. Even on my solo hiking trips nowadays I check myself when I get home and I never find anything.
Maybe I'm just hiking when they are not in season? I'm still amazed by my own luck because I'm actually absolutely terrified of getting one, the thought of some creature sticking its face into my body just squicks the fuck out of me.
They're the fucking worse. I've only really ever found them on my socks and underwear since I try to be well covered. Hiking through the Indiana dunes is a fucking bug nightmare - Tick infestation, swarms of mosquito's, etc.
You just gotta try to pick them off and search your body best as possible. They can't be crushed and take forever to drown, but the toilet seems to be a good disposal tool
>>665884 I'm planning on moving to Prince Rupert next year, so that's really good to hear. As ridiculous as it is, I love spending as much time as possible in wild areas, but have a huge fear of ticks that started when I got really sick from Lyme's disease.
>>669333 You can crush them though, just gotta be inventive. I use the flat sides of two knives (or whatever really), press one in the middle, then the other on a side and it pops the fuckers, or just rips them in half. Fucking hate ticks and fleas and any stupid fucking parasitic bug.
I live in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and there were never ticks on the island portion until fuckers didn't check themselves/their dogs and brought them over from the mainland in recent years. Now there are growing populations on the west coast. It's too bad because our province is basically an /out/ paradise
ive only ever had one tick on me, and i got it in ND. Not too bad though. i smothered it in vaseline and he backed right out. i hear you can also use a match to burn them out. People here in the PNW generally advise against just pulling it out because the head stays in.
>>665535 Several times. I got a few every summer when i was a kid and played in the woods. Rarely now, for whatever reason. I did had a friend recently tell me all about how he couldn't find a doctor who would remove a tick from his neck, until he went to like his 4th local clinic. I made fun of him pretty hard for that. I've heard all about "don't leave the head", but never once heard of it actually happening or any adverse effects.
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