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Old 05-23-2004, 01:18 AM   #1
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I don't know if anyone remembers the good deal I got on the 55 gal tank, stand, and junk... but I still haven't set it up yet... we really shouldn't do anything with it til we move... at any rate I've put off cleaning it for a while. Then two weeks ago my landlord wanted some people to come see the apartment because they are renting it this fall. So in cleaning I moved the tank outside... my wife said she would clean the tank but she was just in a cleaning mood that day. Since then it's been sitting on the patio, still unclean, waiting for one of us... I finally got tired of it being out there so I went outside to clean it today... I found a tick on it... then another, and another. I pulled of at least 5 ticks from the tank... It wasn't in the woods... It was on the patio... So it had me wondering if there was something about the tank that attracted the ticks... I squished two of them, put the other three I found in a jar... don't know if I missed any... I cleaned the tank, good enough for now but still a pain... through it over my shoulder and carried it inside... now that it's clean it will be harder to not set it up yet. oh well........ anyone have any ideas about the ticks... perhaps I could invent a tick collector/trap... I may just get some chickens when I move.

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Hope none of them got inside... 8O
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The glass warming must have fooled them into thinking there was a lunch on the go. But that means there is a tick explosion in your area and they are desparate for food...
ugh! Would't go walking the woods THIS week!
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Good advice Christmasfish.

Do you know the history of the tank? Was it ever a herp tank? I dont know much about tick physiology but maybe the tank had a scent of a former inhabitant.
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Was it ever a herp tank?
Although there is no cure for...
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I was at girl scout camp this weekend and we soaked in bug repleant. I still had a tick walk across my shoe. I all most lost it. They we every where, an other mother caught two on her clothes an squished them. This place is crawling with them.

I have a nothing but grass fenced in back yeard and still have to check the kids before they come in from the house. I have never had a tick in my life but my poor son has gotten two while playing at his granparents house. It's the small ones you have to really watch out for.

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Springtime is tick season, for sure. I really wonder how they got on the tank, because they generally sense a warm-blooded creature and will drop onto them as they brush past in a wooded area, so your situation has me stumped. The only thing I can think of is that squirrels during the day or raccoons at night deposited the pests. These animals generally carry quite a few ticks, especially this time of year. I am sure they would be curious about the tank, so that could be it, but whatever the etiology is, bleach is in order!!
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Thanks for posting this, Millipede - a reminder that we are in peak tick season.
In college, I worked in a Lyme Disease research lab for the New York State Dept of Health, so I know a tick and how to kill it when I see one. Looks like you found a few common dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis ). Do you or a neighbor have a dog? That's most likely how these creepies wound up on your patio.

For those of you in the continental US and southern Canada who have pets and enjoy the outdoors, you should check out these links from the US Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. There's info on tick-borne zoonoses, preventing tick bites, and protecting your pets.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/rmsf/
Lyme Disease: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/lyme/

I live on Long Island - Lyme Disease Central - and I don't let it deter me from my walks in the woods. I just take precautions (wear light colored clothing, use DEET repellent, tuck pants in socks) and check myself thoroughly when I get home. Enjoy the outdoors, but take precautions and check yourself, your children, and your pets for ticks.
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I moved to the sticks when I was 6 years old. My mom freaked out when she found a tick on my older brother's head. She took him to the doctor where they yanked it with a pair of tweezers. "You just have to make sure you get the head..." I remember him saying.

After that day it was routine to get our heads checked after spending any amount of time outdoors.

We had two dogs that would always end up with big fat ticks on them and we'd have to clean them off of them to.

BTW, ticks don't like gasoline...

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