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Old 06-22-2014, 05:12 PM   #1
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Lone Star tick bite - nasty thing, new to me.

Never heard of such a thing until last Sunday morning I found one of these chewing on my leg with joyous abandon. A week later the bite site still has moments where it itches like crazy.

It's called a Lone Star tick because a) it's range includes Texas, and b) the larger female has a single white dot on it's back. Around this part of Georgia all we usually see are deer ticks, which do carry Lyme disease, especially in the north east parts of the US.

A well done wiki article on Lone Star ticks here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amblyomma_americanum

It does not carry Lyme disease. It can carry STARI, "Southern Tick Related Rash Illness." And the major bummer, the critter can inject you with a kind of enzyme that will give you a serious allergic reaction to the consumption of red meat, "non-primate mammalian meat" specifically beef, pork, lamb and venison.

Which leaves poultry, seafood, monkeys and other people. For the rest of your life.

Red meat allergy article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0220102727.htm

Once discovered, I removed the parasite with one of these tick removal tools: http://www.tickinfo.com/protickremedy.htm

Which this study compares favorably with two other tools, all of which perform better than tweezers. (This link will open a .pdf file)

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...FlEFd6flFFLQlQ

Then sooner you find the tick and remove it, the less the chance of getting any disease, Lyme, STARI or meat allergies. Long pants and insect repellant are helpful, along with giving the kids the "once over" when they come out of the woods.

And finally a picture of the parasite, for all of you who like me have lived your whole life without having seen one.
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:17 PM   #2
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Had some trouble with the links, if they don't work let me know...

And as for the picture, no they are not the size of half-dollars. Sized about like a deer tick.
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Old 06-22-2014, 05:19 PM   #3
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These pants were on sale for $25.00 at

Academy - Search Results-tick pants

two weeks ago. Still not a bad deal if you're the type to react badly to parasite bites.
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And the shirt to go with the pants, but it's usually the lower extremities they get to, unless you scrub up against a taller infested bush with an arm or your torso.

Academy - Gamehide Men's Elimitick Button-Up Shirt

Just remember they all seek a spot where your clothing is tight; edge of sock top, yes...the crotch area, and under waist bands.

Around here it's chiggers (known mostly as "red bugs") they're so tiny you can't see them but they'll wrap you up and drive you insane!

Ticks are well known to inhabit areas around pine trees, as they love carpets of pine needles.
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Yep, itís that time of year to use bug repellant on your body. I use DEET and nothing else. I donít like having a tick trying to dine on me especially since they carry disease. The insect bite that is truly exasperating is a chigger bite. Man do those itch and for a long time.
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Yep, itís that time of year to use bug repellant on your body. I use DEET and nothing else. I donít like having a tick trying to dine on me especially since they carry disease. The insect bite that is truly exasperating is a chigger bite. Man do those itch and for a long time.
Spray chigger bites with Windex and it will relieve the itch.
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Don't forget your dogs. I just had a beautiful Doberman girl, Mochi, die from complications of Erlichia. Nasty, nasty stuff. Ticks are hell. Use whatever on your dogs to protect them and check them daily.
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Nail polish is good for suffocating chiggers. Just a thin coat on the spot. Color is up to you. lol
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The Lone Star tick is fairly common in my area of NC. Had one crawling on my hand a few days ago after visiting the compost pile. Like Oakman I use DEET the majority of the time to try and keep them off of me. If I know I'm going to be in heavy tick territory I forget the DEET and will spray my shoes, shirt and long pants with permethrin. It is more effective for ticks but you should not use it if you own a cat as it is highly toxic to them.
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Exclamation

bumping this thread

Because they are back this summer with a vengeance!
And I really really recommend the tick removal tool mentioned above.

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