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Rhonda Sullivan    Posted 05-27-2002 at 16:11:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Does anyone know of a home-made repellant for ticks. We have those little tiny ones that look almost like pepper. We hate using all those chemical sprays you buy at the store. My husband is an outdoor kind of guy and the ticks are running him nuts. Any suggestions?

Ollie    Posted 05-28-2002 at 09:42:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
When we had to live in another part of the state for a few years, we had major problems with ticks. We could pick off up to 30 or more a day off each dog. Nothing seemed to work well.

Our vet gave us some Adam's brand dip. It kept them free of ticks and fleas almost four weeks. Great stuff. It is a concentrate and goes a long ways.

Sorry, don't have any home made remedies. Now we're back home, we haven't seen very many ticks and none on the dogs for years. You couldn't pay me enough to go back to that tick country.

Haycreeker    Posted 05-28-2002 at 07:00:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When I lived in the Ozarks, we called those kind seed ticks. Seven different kinds of ticks there. { No wonder Missouri means land of many ticks,,,,,,,) Hankerchiefs soaked in some kind of your favorite chemical, or kerosene, or something less toxic, tied around your ankles, (Outside of your long jeans,) help some.

TB    Posted 05-27-2002 at 18:00:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Those sound like deer ticks,the ones that could carry lymes decease. Don't play around. Get some deep woods off for starters. Brewers yeast tablets oance a day may help' but may take a month or two to kick in. some say eating lots of garlick helps. I am sure there others. do a web search on lymes decease to be aware of the sings and symptoms.

PCC-AL    Posted 05-27-2002 at 17:55:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Rhonda,
I don't have a homemade remedy, but I use something that works. It is Paramite (brand name) and label states it is 11.75% Phosmet. It smells like creasote. I buy the concentrated sponge on at $14.50 from my vet. A tablespoon of it will mix with about three gals. of water. You can probably find it cheaper elsewhere. Box says it protects for 16 days and that seems about right.
I have two beagles that roam free and stay in the wood running deer that come to my garden. I just finished sponging some on them as their ears were covered in small ticks. A few days more and the ticks would have been large ones. Tomorrow they will all be dried up like weed seed and fall off in a day or so. This stuff works. Try it. Good luck.

Judy in IN    Posted 05-27-2002 at 17:49:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Rhonda, This was told me by an avid hunter in Missouri. ( Indian word meaning, "Land of many ticks") He kept an old sock full of powdered sulfer behind the seat of his pickup truck. When he went hunting, or scouting, he would dust his clothing with the sock full of sulfer. You might try this idea. He claimed that all tick checks should be performed by the opposite sex, thus insuring the increase of population. ;)

Tim (TN)    Posted 05-29-2002 at 06:51:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I use sulfer salt blocks (the yellow blocks) in spring and summer for horses and cow and it helps the tick problem out with about 70% to 80% less ticks on them. Also spray diesel fuel on the cuff
of my pants and around my waist, but this dosen't
get you hugs from you wife when you get in.

DeadCarp    Posted 05-27-2002 at 18:19:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Re:"He claimed that all tick checks should be performed by the opposite sex, thus insuring the increase of population."

Best idea i've heard all day! Anyone have the Pope's email? We just might have a more modern plan :)

Les...ROFL!    Posted 05-27-2002 at 18:16:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good one, Judy. That was cute.
I understand that the state animal of Arkansas is the tick.
We don't have the little ones around here (yet) but in the past few years the wood ticks or "dog" ticks have really overrun us. Worst at this time of the year. Later on they seem to go away. I bet I've picked at least a dozen off myself and my grandchildren in the past couple of weeks. Anytime you've been outside at all you better check yourself over.

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