I have such a love/hate relationship with Spring... After a long, cold and snowy winter I am so happy to see the green shoots popping up from the ground and the little buds growing on the trees. I am fortunate enough that I don't suffer too much from seasonal allergies and when I do, a couple puffs of Enchanted Essentials Allergy Blend makes me feel so much better. What I DREAD are ticks and the start of daily tick checks and harping on the kids to make sure they check and double check their bodies every night before bed for those horrific little terrorists.
A few weeks ago I had been out in the garden, prepping for planting and sure enough found a tiny little deer tick on my stomach. It had latched on pretty well and I utilized a handy little spoon-like tick removal device to yank it out. These little tools are clever and efficient. They scoop it out, head and all - easily and almost painlessly. I've heard of many different ways to remove ticks and after some research I found out that these little devices are the safest and easiest. Prior to having one of these (okay I have like five stashed all over, including one in my purse!) I used to use tweezers which are pretty awful as it's difficult to get the whole tick out - often leaving the blasted head embedded in my skin. I've also heard some folks use liquid soap which they say encourages the tick to back out on its own. I've also read that ticks will often vomit when the soap hits them. This of course is dangerous as they're vomiting their toxic bacteria right into your body. Definitely not a good plan.
After removing the tick, I stuck him in a small plastic bag with the date written on it with a sharpie. I then stuck him to the fridge with a magnet to let him die a slow and painful death. I'm usually very humane when it comes to all living creatures except ticks. I HATE THEM! I contacted the University of Massachusetts Tick Report and paid my $75.00 and shipped my dead tick off to be tested. About a week later I got an email with the report letting me know that this tick tested positive for both Borrelia general species and Borrelia burgdoreri sense lato, as well as, Babes microti. Oh joy, now it's time to go to the doctors to be tested to see if the little arachnid has infected me. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, please take a look at one of my archived blogs from June of 2017. It offers some great suggestions for keeping these little terrorists out of your yard. I have 5 yards of mulch being delivered tomorrow so I can create a border to keep them away!
Have a great Spring and remember to check and double check for ticks everyday.
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