Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Big Ticks!

Memorial Day weekend is approaching and we usually head up to the northwoods for the long weekend. The last few years that we stayed at my dad's cabin, the ticks were pretty bad. Each time we came in from outside, we'd do a tick check. There was one year I even found a tick in my little guy's diaper! Yikes!
Last year I was in the bedroom of the cabin, and I overhead my 8 (almost 9) year old boy J-Man and 3 year old boy, JD, talking in the family room. My youngest son can't say some words correctly. He says the T sound for the letter K. For example, my name Kelly would be said "Telly." My ears perked up when I heard J-Man instructing JD to repeat after him. J-Man says to his sweet, innocent little brother, "Hey, yell real loud, 'HUGE TICKS.'" So Jack yells (with the T instead of the K) "Huge ti*#!" J-Man continues with his instruction, "Now say 'THE BIGGEST TICKS YOU'VE EVER SEEN!'" So, JD yells, "The biggest ti*# I've ever seen!" It sounded like a frat party in there, so I quickly put a stop to that brother to brother talk.

Now back to ticks. That's ticks with a K. Since it is tick season, here's a few tips in case you do find one of those nasty buggers.

First to try and prevent ticks from latching on:

*Wear light colored clothing so you can see if one is one you.
*Wear long pants tucked into socks.
*Avoid tall grass.
*Wear tick repellent.
*Also, make sure your dogs have tick protection like Frontline. We actually use one called Biospot (from Dr Foster and Smith catalog) that is less harsh on the dogs' skin. It is also cheaper.

If by chance you do find a tick attached to your skin, here's what you can do.
You should try to remove the tick as soon as possible, so you have less of a chance of contracting Lymes disease if it is infected.

From About.com:

*Use blunt curved tweezers or a thread.
*Grasp the tick as close to the skin surface as possible and pull upward with a steady, even pressure.
*Do not twist or jerk the tick because this may cause the mouth parts to detach and remain in the skin.
*You should pull firmly enough to lift up the skin.
Hold this tension for 3 to 4 minutes and the tick will back out.
*DO NOT squeeze, crush, or puncture the body of the tick because its fluids may contain bacteria. Immediately dispose of the tick. If you have any concerns, put the tick in a plastic bag and freeze it. If you get sick you can take the dead tick with you when you see your provider.
*Immediately wash your hands and the affected area with soap and water.


Instead of the northwoods, we are headed to Iowa this weekend for a fun family weekend. I hope you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend as well!

22 comments:

Christina Farley said...

Yuck! Ticks! I hate them. My grandparents always had heaps of them in the tall grass out back because they had lots of deer.

But the deer were sharing we always said. HA!

Bish Denham said...

Boy...I could tell you some tick stories for sure! Yucko!

Kim Kasch said...

Ewww - creepy bugs. Never have had to deal with those things. But thanks for the tips.

Anita said...

Do you know if the mouth part comes off, I wonder? Can you actually see it in there?

Solvang Sherrie said...

Ticks totally creep me out. Even more so when I have to remove them from my child! Have fun in Iowa. Hopefully you won't encounter creepy bugs there :^)

lyfizgud said...

Oh my gosh, Kelly...I was laughing so hard at your "brother to brother" story...:)

We live in the woods and when we first moved here, I FREAKED at the site of the first tick...now we see them pretty much every day...had one down my shirt the other day when I was driving...quickly pulled over to remove that little sucker! Now we're like "oh, it's another tick"...we do hold nightly tick checks on the dogs because not only do we live in the woods, but I take them to the forest preserve almost daily...

This is such a common topic in our household...thanks for blogging about it :)

Suzanne Casamento said...

Oh Kelly, I wish I'd had your tips on hot to remove a tick years ago when I contracted Lyme Disease. It was tiny, like a pepper flake and stayed in my back for days before we realized it was still there.

Yuck.

Anyway, all is good. I was treated early and I'm fine now.

Hilarious little tick scene between your boys!

Kelly H-Y said...

Yow ... this one made me squirm! And, the conversation between your boys made me laugh! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Lucky us! Our dog, Robbie does not have ticks. See him and his nice kennel on the post :))

Our other dogs, Czarina , Ninja and Suzie had them in the other house. We had a hard time getting rid of them.

Kelly said...

Christina-Those deer are so darn nice to share :).
Bish-Do tell!
Kim-Lucky you!
Anita- I do not know, but will google it!
Sherrie-Thanks! I do believe we will be in tick territory in Iowa too!
Sue- I'm not quite at that "it's just another tick" stage yet. You are a brave one!
Suz-Lymes disease can get pretty bad. Glad you caught it early!
Kelly-Thanks! You, too!

Rena said...

LOL @ your boys. I haven't had too many problems with ticks here, but I did back in CA when we went camping at the beach. Not fun.

Big Plain V said...

Did you know ticks are edible? They could save your life next time you're lost in the woods.

Your son rocks, by the way.

Beth Kephart said...

This made me laugh!

adrienne said...

Yikes...I won't be visiting there any time soon.
Your boys are too funny. I'm sure that's only the beginning of the frat boy humor!

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Sliding on the Edge said...

Those ticks! I'm always on the hunt for those buggers when I come in from a hike. So far I've been lucky this year. I hike the Garapatas (Spanish for ticks)trail near Big Sur in No. CA. and always come back with those lumpy gray things on me. Yuck!

Keri Mikulski said...

Urgh.. I just pulled two off my daughter and we live eleven blocks from the bay at the Jersey shore. Hate ticks.

Rhonda said...

Im itching just thinking about it. Great Story about the boys, I can totally invision it.

lyfizgud said...

Nevermind what I said...I've found 4 ticks today and I feel like my skin is crawling...I can't even stand it...so I guess I spoke too soon before tick season really started!!!!

Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!

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