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March 17th, 2016

Well, we found our first deer tick last Friday. I took Tara on a hike on and when we got back this was crawling up her leg. Luckily, all those wild turkeys I see gobble them up.
The cats always end up with lots of them, luckily they don’t get Lyme disease. I pick them off the cats almost daily in the spring/fall here. I guess it’s time for daily tick checks for the pets and for us, that’s the best way to find them early.

Do you have ticks in your garden?

7 Comments to “UGH…..”
  1. Nebraska Dave on March 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Susy, with all the wild turkeys that roam the neighborhood where Terra Nova Gardens resides, I find very few bugs of any kind. I’ll be interested to see if that continues now that I have the area secured with a fence. I know the turkeys can fly and get inside the fence any time they want but will they. There’s plenty of land to bug forage without hopping a six foot fence. I’m hoping the bugs will not be a problem again this year.

    May you have a find every tick on human or animal day.

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  2. JJ on March 17, 2016 at 9:44 am

    We live in a tick-heavy area of NY, and after a very mild winter there’s a very healthy deer population this year. While we don’t keep any backyard poultry, I make it a point to have a bird-friendly garden, since I’m sure that to many of them ticks are delicious ;-)

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  3. Joan on March 17, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Not sure if it’s true, but I’ve read that turkeys also spread ticks… In any case, I have a healthy number of turkeys and more than healthy number of ticks!

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    • Susy on March 18, 2016 at 7:57 am

      I’ve actually heard that turkeys are great at eating ticks, which seems to make sense b/c they are like guineas. We shall see as there seem to be a ton of turkeys around this spring.

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  4. Kathy on March 18, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Yuck! Your post just reminded me to order some permethrin clothing spray for this year. We live in a heavily wooded lot in Virginia and I just know this year is going to be a bad tick year. I’m so paranoid about getting Lyme!

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  5. Jennifer Fisk on March 18, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    March is one of the best months to find ticks on you or your animals. Even with a heavy snow cover like last year, they are looking for their next blood meal.

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  6. kirsten on March 23, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Ugh – your post reminded me to start checking our girls and our dogs – and ourselves! Hate those creepy crawlies.

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