Ticks, tocked!

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thermalben started the topic in Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 8:35am

Been a few mentions of ticks in the FC notes lately so I thought it was time for a thread. Especially seeing that - amazingly - until this morning, I've never had one, despite decades of camping all over the place.

Anyway, this morning I got out of the shower, had some tension in my back muscles, looked in the mirror and momentarily thought a melanoma had increased exponentially in size.

But, lo and behold, a tick was borrowed into my skin. My wife managed to get most (but not all) of it out.

So, other than a good pair of tweezers and a steady hand, anyone else have a recommended strategy?

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thermalben Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 8:35am

Oh, and here's a pic.

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GuySmiley Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 8:58am

Think you should have frozen the bugger first Ben thereby avoiding the release of its saliva which contains the nasty stuff. You will want to get it all out thou. What’s Craig’s advice?

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lostdoggy Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 9:01am

I used to use a methylated spirit cotton ball and soak them before using tweezers but apparently you're not meant to do that and they recommend a freeze spray from the chemist.

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blindboy Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 9:04am

Ha ha prepare for the itch! I got one on my back last week and accidentally scratched it off leaving most of the head in. You can get devices from the chemist that freeze them off and it is worth doing as they can cause a nasty allergy.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/ticks-bring-on-...

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stunet Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 9:05am

Tik Tox. Don't mess about, freeze the little fucker. Hit it swiftly before it can pump more toxins into you.

Woke up with one last week burrowed deep into my forearm, which began to swell like a lopsided Hulk. Needed antihistamines and continual lathering of steroid cream to stop the bastard itching - which is arguably the worst aspect of ticks.

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udo Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 9:29am

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bonza Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 9:31am

I have special tick removal tweezers – the plastic ones. Where you twist don’t pull.
I have the scab cream which I use on the nymphs or on the kids and or both.
I use the freeze thing for the bigger ones (not for kids)
So I’ll cream and or freeze first. Leave for several hours to ensure they are dead. Then twist them out with tick tweezers.
Mate ive even taken my kid to ED for removal of a nymph – it was so tiny I couldn’t get it out.
Ticks scare the shit out of me. I treat everyone like a life death operation. Haha. But serious.

Don’t use metho!! Hahah

https://www.allergy.org.au/about-ascia/info-updates/how-to-remove-ticks-...

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thermalben Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 9:44am

Udo, I'm not watching a video with a title like that. In this case, the less I know the better, I reckon.

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zenagain Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 10:13am

From my dog not so long ago. Usually get a couple every season. Evil little things they are. Can't stand them.

Ps- I try and push the tweezers down below the skin and ease the head out. Not easy.

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seaslug Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 2:46pm

Ticks, yeah evil fuckers. I remember seeing a dog in PNG, well it was more ticks than dog, poor thing, absolutely covered with them. Do you get paralysis ticks in Japan Zen?

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seaslug Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 2:47pm

Always wear gloves when dealing with ticks. The ticks found on your dog are very effective disease carriers, and some of these diseases can also affect you and your family.

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seaslug Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 2:50pm

You don’t want to flush a live tick down the toilet because they can crawl back up

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bonza Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 3:26pm
seaslug wrote:

You don’t want to flush a live tick down the toilet because they can crawl back up

well that's just great. if i wasn't scared enough

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garyg1412 Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 3:34pm

Empty tick versus full tick

ceYcdex

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seaslug Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 3:43pm

One fat firker

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indo-dreaming Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 4:11pm

When i was living in a Kombi van traveling the east coast on the dole as a grommet.

I had headache one day, didn't think much of it until i found a tick in my forehead hairline, due to the place it was i went to the Doctors to get it pulled off.

Different kombi van and different trip with an X we went all the way past Cairns. and went for a short walk too some rapids in some rainforest type place, i didn't wear shoes, got back to the van and i had half a dozen leaches over my feet, most of them had started sucking me too.

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groundswell Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 7:33pm

over east i used to go to one secret spot and almost every time would come back with ticks..small ones though but stopped surfing there anyway.
The golfcoarse here is pretty good so i bought a set of golf clubs then went to play a round and came home with two huge kangaroo ticks..haven't played golf since.

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goofyfoot Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 8:04pm

I had never seen a tick until last week when I had a big blue tongue lizard in the yard and it had two ticks on it just behind its head.
I yanked them off and threw them in the garden but in hindsight I probably should of squashed the fuckas

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tubeshooter Tuesday, 16 Nov 2021 at 10:17pm

Little buggers get around like 'The Predator'. They drop out of the foliage unseen using a high tech Haller's organ on the forelegs which "can detect CO2, ammonia or pheromones .It can even sense humidity and infrared light, which includes body heat...." https://entomologytoday.org/2018/01/16/up-close-look-tiny-sensory-pits-t...

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bonza Wednesday, 24 Nov 2021 at 10:13pm
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seaslug Wednesday, 24 Nov 2021 at 10:25pm

I woke up one morning a few years back in Margs, went for a piss, saw something brown/black on the back of my thigh and brushed it off without thinking. It was a fucking tick. Now we supposedly don't have Lyme disease in Aust but I came out with the classic bull's-eye pattern rash that is associated with Lyme's.

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MidWestMonger Thursday, 25 Nov 2021 at 12:07pm

When me and a mate were working in the bush we would come back with kangaroo ticks from time to time.
We would heat the tweezers with a lighter then grab the tick watching their legs go stupid, it seem to work as we pulled them off complete every time.

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jedi old mate Thursday, 25 Nov 2021 at 3:56pm

Hey guys,
Working as a Bush Regenerator I have probably had hundreds of ticks over the years. Don't make the same mistakes I did. Always freeze them off and never touch them or the surrounding area until you intent to get them out.
Believe it or not I actually have contracted a nasty Mammal Meat Allergy from ticks, no I'm not a lame vegan I am legitimately allergic to all mammal meats and by products which is a colossal inconvenience and now I have to have carry an EPI Pen with me. I can still eat fish and chicken though ;)

Ticks are no jokes guys, get yourself a freeze pen and save yourself a lot of trouble and literal headaches. Squiezing them with tweezers etc just injects the poison.

Cheers