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2012-04-15 08:45:18 PM  
Looks like it's going to be a busy year.

www.thekingpin.net

FOR JUSTICE!
 
2012-04-15 08:57:26 PM  
I pulled dozens of ticks off myself and my friends today after a hike in the woods. If only this article had come out sooner...
 
2012-04-15 09:26:47 PM  
Ticks? What are ticks?

/they can't survive at altitude.
 
2012-04-15 09:39:41 PM  

dj maskell: I pulled dozens of ticks off myself and my friends today after a hike in the woods. If only this article had come out sooner...


Did he died?
 
2012-04-15 09:48:52 PM  
Since a f*cking tick was responsible for my wonderfully pleasant, nine-day hospital stay with a nearly non-functioning liver and six-day stretch of intractable hiccups, this is one type of article I don't have a problem seeing over and over again.
 
2012-04-15 10:22:38 PM  
As mild as our winter was, the ticks and fleas are plentiful this year.
 
2012-04-15 11:14:48 PM  
It's the Circle of Life.
 
2012-04-15 11:18:38 PM  

dj maskell: I pulled dozens of ticks off myself and my friends today after a hike in the woods. If only this article had come out sooner...


Step 1) Take hot, naive chick hiking in the woods
Step 2) After hike, inform her of the very real dangers of ticks....offer to check her over...you know, cuz you're just such a nice guy.
Step 3) Do you feel lucky?

/I hate hate hate hate HATE ticks..........worse than spiders. Little bastards.
//went camping last weekend. were finding ticks coming out of our gear around our house and on the kids for a full week afterwards.
///started finding the fleas today.
 
2012-04-15 11:19:41 PM  
"And, isn't sanity really just a one-trick pony anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, oooh, oooh, oooh, the sky is the limit. "
 
2012-04-15 11:26:42 PM  
There will be an uptick in articles about ticks?
And the clock is Ticking?
I'm ticked off.
Waiting....
tick tick tick.
 
2012-04-15 11:28:05 PM  
April 15th and an article about blood suckers?
/shocked
 
2012-04-15 11:30:58 PM  

The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: Since a f*cking tick was responsible for my wonderfully pleasant, nine-day hospital stay with a nearly non-functioning liver and six-day stretch of intractable hiccups, this is one type of article I don't have a problem seeing over and over again.


What was worse, the liver or the hiccups?
 
2012-04-15 11:32:30 PM  
I worked for an electronic parts wholesaler back in the 80's.
Summer, circa 1985, one of our salesmen went out to a remote State Park for a picnic with his girlfriend.
Long story short: Picnic led to sex, and somehow the guy gets a tick on his dick.
Not quite knowing how to get it off, he goes to his car and gets a can of Freeze Mist (electronic aerosol refrigerant) and tries to freeze the little bastard off.
He wound up going to the ER and got treated for frostbite. Of the dick. In July.
Never lived that down

*end CSB*
 
2012-04-15 11:36:25 PM  
We've been plucking them off the dogs here in North Georgia for three weeks now
 
2012-04-15 11:43:20 PM  
Never rtfa, but I'm guessing the lack of any cold weather here is attributing to that.
 
2012-04-15 11:46:13 PM  
Oh good.

Now, if we wait a few weeks, we'll get the deluge of crazies who claim to have "Chronic Lyme Disease" and need an entire year of antibiotics to be "cured of it!" You know. Despite horrific side effects of long term use of tetracyclines, and concepts like antibiotic resistance

/dellusional parasitosis is a real illness.
 
2012-04-15 11:47:28 PM  
In case you didn't know, tick bits can make you allergic to red meat. Know a couple people from work who developed this.

Link (new window)

Imagine, no more steak.
 
2012-04-15 11:52:53 PM  
I hereby propose that we abandon the War On DrugsTM, and focus all those newly freed resources on the War On TicksTM.


/Come at me, bro!
 
2012-04-15 11:55:05 PM  
No joke. Went canoeing in minnesota last year, came back with Erlichiosis. Worst illness i've ever had.
 
2012-04-15 11:55:16 PM  
Worst is when they get all angry and fire out of your nipples.
 
2012-04-15 11:57:44 PM  

BronyMedic: Oh good.

Now, if we wait a few weeks, we'll get the deluge of crazies who claim to have "Chronic Lyme Disease" and need an entire year of antibiotics to be "cured of it!" You know. Despite horrific side effects of long term use of tetracyclines, and concepts like antibiotic resistance

/dellusional parasitosis is a real illness.


I thought delusional parasitosis would be what meth heads get after a week-long meth run.
 
2012-04-16 12:08:09 AM  
FTA: Do a tick check! Dr. Wormser says one of the best strategies is to enlist someone's help and check your body for ticks every 24 hours during the time you are potentially exposed to ticks.

Could a helper monkey could be trained to do that?

/First thoughts are strange beasts.
 
2012-04-16 12:12:28 AM  
Laugh if you will--but they finally got Mike Wallace, didn't they?
 
2012-04-16 12:12:33 AM  
The article mentions using tweezers to pull the tick out. I've removed plenty of ticks from my mutt, 4 or 5 already this year, and tweezers are completely the wrong tool to use, unless you want to have a gross scabby lump to avoid while petting later. Anyone with a dog or nude hiking hobby, do yourself a favor and get a "tick twister"- sold at any big pet store. Some genius created this awesomely simple piece of plastic, you just tuck it under the tick body where it meets the skin, and twist, then pull and the tick comes right out, entirely- I've never lost a mouth or head using this thing. I'd love to buy whoever invented it a drink or 5.

Then I burn the tick alive until it makes a satisfying "popping" noise, or drown it in alcohol and watch its legs slowly cease to move. That makes me sound like a budding serial killer, but I've never hated a creature quite like I hate ticks - gave my dog Lyme (he's clean now). Anything else, spiders included, I catch and release.
 
2012-04-16 12:17:19 AM  
I found a tick on my stomach on the way home form a camping trip a few years ago and my boyfriend pulled it out with tweezers in the middle of a gas station. On a later backpacking trip, he found two more ticks on me. I don't like them and this season is going to be badddd :(
 
2012-04-16 12:19:25 AM  
www.termiguardusa.com

Personal Story -

Recently had both knees and hips destroyed out of the blue; all cartilage gone in the space of 3 months.

Made it to a specialty clinic in Reno where test results, and their considerable experience with Lymes confirmed a tick bite over 20 years ago was responsible for the Lymes Disease that ate my cartilage.

Their experience is that Lymes can hide for decades, waiting for a moment when the immune system is weak, and then blossoms. The spirochete bacteria has a particular fondness - for unknown reasons - in men for these four large joints, and loves cartilage.

I went from being a hard core gym-rat and off-road runner and rancher to crippled in a wheelchair in nothing flat.

http://www.columbia-lyme.org/
http://www.sierraintegrative.com/

This disease used to be confined to a fairly narrow patch of American life in the Northeast, but no more, and the latest data indicates that maybe up to 70% of the population may have the spirochete because it is now being transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes, gnats, spiders and even a growing number of cases where it's been passed like an STD through intimate contact.

I appreciate Subby's properly cynical response to MSM fear-mongering but on this subject, I think it's best to pay attention, because this shiat is no freaking picnic and a horror to endure.

Good Luck
 
2012-04-16 12:24:23 AM  
My kids had ticks on them about 2 months ago. The adults who overwintered were active in late February, which is earlier than usual. By now, the larvae are out and the nymphs will be here any day now. I live in one of the counties in the northeast US that is on the top 10 list for most cases of Lyme disease.
 
2012-04-16 12:25:02 AM  
I worked at Summer Camp in Michigan during "one of the worst ever" mosquito plagues.

Holy farking hell. Could you imagine sitting around a campfire, EVERY part of your body covered, watching thousands of mosquitos hover around EVERY other camper. It was a freaken all-consuming nightmare.

Thankfully, the problem went away considerably after about 2 weeks.

// not a tick story
// insects went for the black campers first
// racist insects!
 
2012-04-16 12:25:39 AM  
Ticks? Ah let me tell you about ticks...

Am an enviro scientist and in Australia's greatest tick hot spot. Every day in the field it is normal to flick away ~50-100 ticks crawling on your person. You never get them all and typically get a dozen bites and a few well-attached critters. These are kangaroo ticks... adults are typically 10 mm across BEFORE they start feeding. Stand still for 5 mins and you can see dozens of them crawling along the sand making a direct line to you. Doesn't matter what you do (cover up, repellents, pray)... they will get you here.

Had a foreign volunteer who insisted on taking a nap lying down in the bush despite my pleas to not do so. He ended up with ~4000 pepper-ticks (babies) on him at one time - estimated by counting numbers in a 10 x 10 cm patch. He had over 200 bites that day.

/ and now there are confirmed reports of Lyme disease (amongst others) in Australia; so i'm pretty much screwed/dead.
// been bitten hundreds maybe thousands of times
/// not getting a kick
 
2012-04-16 12:28:09 AM  

Ed Finnerty: Looks like it's going to be a busy year.

[www.thekingpin.net image 195x296]

FOR JUSTICE!


he's not on this cable franchise grrrrrr

Clemkadidlefark: [www.termiguardusa.com image 410x275]

Personal Story -

Recently had both knees and hips destroyed out of the blue; all cartilage gone in the space of 3 months.

Made it to a specialty clinic in Reno where test results, and their considerable experience with Lymes confirmed a tick bite over 20 years ago was responsible for the Lymes Disease that ate my cartilage.

Their experience is that Lymes can hide for decades, waiting for a moment when the immune system is weak, and then blossoms. The spirochete bacteria has a particular fondness - for unknown reasons - in men for these four large joints, and loves cartilage.

I went from being a hard core gym-rat and off-road runner and rancher to crippled in a wheelchair in nothing flat.

http://www.columbia-lyme.org/
http://www.sierraintegrative.com/

This disease used to be confined to a fairly narrow patch of American life in the Northeast, but no more, and the latest data indicates that maybe up to 70% of the population may have the spirochete because it is now being transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes, gnats, spiders and even a growing number of cases where it's been passed like an STD through intimate contact.

I appreciate Subby's properly cynical response to MSM fear-mongering but on this subject, I think it's best to pay attention, because this shiat is no freaking picnic and a horror to endure.

Good Luck



All that and more- Friends wife was nearly committed to a mental hospital because of the effects of it. That schitt goes everywhere. Be careful.
 
2012-04-16 12:32:11 AM  

Big Ramifications: I worked at Summer Camp in Michigan during "one of the worst ever" mosquito plagues.

Holy farking hell. Could you imagine sitting around a campfire, EVERY part of your body covered, watching thousands of mosquitos hover around EVERY other camper. It was a freaken all-consuming nightmare.

Thankfully, the problem went away considerably after about 2 weeks.

// not a tick story
// insects went for the black campers first
// racist insects!


I've heard mozzies are attracted the the smelliest people first...
Dunno if true. Just saying.
 
2012-04-16 12:42:45 AM  

LiberalConservative: Big Ramifications:
// not a tick story
// insects went for the black campers first
// racist insects!

I've heard mozzies are attracted the the smelliest people first...
Dunno if true. Just saying.


Yeah I sorta guessed that. But I wasn't thinking "phew, hold your nose" smell, but definitely some kind of odor the bitey things liked. Either diet related or genetic.

// racist genes!
 
2012-04-16 12:54:24 AM  
I've heard mozzies are attracted the the smelliest people first...
Dunno if true. Just saying.

Yeah I sorta guessed that. But I wasn't thinking "phew, hold your nose" smell, but definitely some kind of odor the bitey things liked. Either diet related or genetic.

// racist genes!

May apply to ticks too; i get feasted on (see above post) more than my workmates. Mozzies also like me more. Perhaps there is a link.
 
2012-04-16 01:11:41 AM  
I pulled a tick off my scrotum earlier this week so I'm getting a real itch out of this thread.
 
2012-04-16 01:12:50 AM  
biatch please. We have ticks year round here.
 
2012-04-16 01:29:58 AM  

Clemkadidlefark: [www.termiguardusa.com image 410x275]

Personal Story -

Recently had both knees and hips destroyed out of the blue; all cartilage gone in the space of 3 months.

Made it to a specialty clinic in Reno where test results, and their considerable experience with Lymes confirmed a tick bite over 20 years ago was responsible for the Lymes Disease that ate my cartilage.

Their experience is that Lymes can hide for decades, waiting for a moment when the immune system is weak, and then blossoms. The spirochete bacteria has a particular fondness - for unknown reasons - in men for these four large joints, and loves cartilage.

I went from being a hard core gym-rat and off-road runner and rancher to crippled in a wheelchair in nothing flat.

http://www.columbia-lyme.org/
http://www.sierraintegrative.com/

This disease used to be confined to a fairly narrow patch of American life in the Northeast, but no more, and the latest data indicates that maybe up to 70% of the population may have the spirochete because it is now being transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes, gnats, spiders and even a growing number of cases where it's been passed like an STD through intimate contact.

I appreciate Subby's properly cynical response to MSM fear-mongering but on this subject, I think it's best to pay attention, because this shiat is no freaking picnic and a horror to endure.

Good Luck


You have two hips? Wow.
 
Skr
2012-04-16 03:17:05 AM  
Meh pulled a few dog ticks off me yesterday. Only one had the chance to bite me. I usually can feel 'em crawling through my hair, but that bugger found one of the few places that I am hairless.

When I was a wee lad, my mother had a little deer tick stick to her back and she came down with Lyme. Big red rash and ate up her shoulder something fierce.

In high risk Minnesota, so I'm always keeping my eyes open.

So far this year, I've spotted more ticks on my dog than I've seen in the last few years put together. I am a bit afraid how many he would pick up if he didn't have Frontline defenses enabled.

In one of the last tick threads, a poster brought up the Tick Key.
Pretty damn nifty thing to have around.

aftergadget.files.wordpress.com

/these threads always make me itch
 
2012-04-16 03:47:17 AM  
www.moviegoods.com
www.badmovies.org
 
2012-04-16 04:46:48 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: It's the Circle of Life.


images.wikia.com
 
2012-04-16 05:39:37 AM  
I have nothing to add to this thread other than.

You put the lyme in the coconut and drink it all up.
 
Pav
2012-04-16 07:18:29 AM  
I was a victim of Lyme my freshman year of college. My mother was one of the first Lyme disease educators on long island. I watched it destroy her life for several years in high school and then I got to taste it.

Lyme is no joke. It will fark you up and ruin your year.
 
2012-04-16 07:26:48 AM  
faculty.washington.edu

20,000-25,000 cases per year reported to CDC.

100x that number of self diagnoses per year reported in media.

That is all.

/// Yes, I know that your variety is hard to diagnose and that the doctors are incompetent and that you are sure that you have it...
 
2012-04-16 07:49:46 AM  
My work team had a field trip last week into the heart of NC tick country. Three of us came back with the little bloodsuckers crawling (I was the only one tick-free) on them. Guess they liked the taste of the younger folks.
 
2012-04-16 07:56:52 AM  
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2012-04-16 08:14:33 AM  
Paralysis ticks kills thousands of pets in Australia each year, and cost many thousands of dollars in vet bills to the owners of those they don't kill. Nasty little farkers, they are...
 
2012-04-16 09:05:12 AM  
This is why I'm perfectly happy with my urban existence, and would like to continue to be a happy city dweller for the rest of my life. I can deal with most bugs, and I love spiders, but I will freak the fark out if confronted by ticks. It's gotta be some kind of innate mammalian response to the little shiats. I cannot, for the life of me, imagine that life in the bush is the happy-go-lucky Arcadian existence that nature lovers and hippies think it is. THERE ARE FARKING TICKS EVERYWHERE!

The Lyme stories in this thread are skeeving me out even more. I'm as tree-hugging and environazi as the next socialest libtard, but if we could kill, with fire, every tick on the planet I'd be on the front lines with the flamethrowers.
 
2012-04-16 09:11:43 AM  
Well, they are. Just like politicians, your persistant parasites are bad for you.
With our Al Gore Special Winter in North America this past year, we are going to have a wonderful crop of the little beasties.

I still like Betadine or any povidone iodine for topical use on the bite site. You should too.
 
2012-04-16 09:14:23 AM  
Not looking forward to this summer. Already have removed a dozen ticks from the kids/dog. All the adults in my family have had Lyme Disease but me (most got it when we were kids). Most still have joint pain.

/live in ground zero, CT
 
2012-04-16 09:41:41 AM  
No House reference?!

I'm sure many farkers will step up to assist in diagnosing the patient.
 
2012-04-16 09:45:11 AM  
Sign me up for hating ticks. The dog gets them. I get them. I have even gotten the dreaded bull's eye rash. So far though, no Lyme disease, maybe.
 
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