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Project by mmh posted 03-30-2013 01:41 PM 2639 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

YUCK! Ticks are nasty parasites that can spread Lyme disease and even without the threat of contracting the disease, they are Nasty! NASTY! NASTY!! [Enough to give one the Heebie Jeebies! A Contagious, but not dangerous symptom.]

This is a project I intend to work on, as my new home is among a heavily wooded area and we have a LOT of white tail deer. Admitingly, I have been feeding them as 1) Entertainment to see the wildlife; 2) To hopefully keep them from eating the azaleas, etc.; 3) To help the economy by purchasing deer food from the local feed store. So far, #1 and #3 work well. #2 is debatable, as the azaleas, holly, etc., are being trimmed and not even in bud yet. Someone also removed the small bunch of white crocus.

Last year our local nursery was selling Tick Traps that were in tubes that you place in the undergrowth of the perimeter of your yard. They attract the ticks and entrap them, and you throw the tube away. The active ingredient in these small plastic tubes are permethrin treated cotton balls (there is a website for their product). I’m not here to advertise them so I’ll let you Google the product. You can contact me if you like.

However, I did find this information on how to make your own tick/bug traps “How To Make a Tick Trap”: http://www.ehow.com/how_7197328_build-dry-ice-tick-trap.html using dry ice and sticky stuff to trap the ticks.

There are some interesting and informative websites on this subject, and since I have used some of their photos, I am listing them here to give due credit: http://lancaster.unl.edu/enviro/pest/tickphoto.htm WSDH ; How do I identify different ticks?; ” ; Univ. of Nebraska
I would love to hear your of trials and tribulations involving this idea.

Hope you never have any problems with those nasty ticks!

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.



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posted 03-30-2013 02:26 PM

one of our GT members, if I remember correctly, makes it a practice to brush hair, check for mites, after time spent in the garden. A good habit to get into, I think.

Thanks for all the info.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 04-16-2013 05:31 PM

The link “How To Make a Tick Trap” is broken. A search on that site did not find it either…..
Too bad…. I need them…..

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posted 04-16-2013 06:44 PM

Apparently the original website I posted has removed that page, so I have linked to another website with similar description of HOW TO MAKE A TICK TRAP using dry ice. Hope this helps.

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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posted 04-27-2013 09:48 AM

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is suppose to keep ticks and fleas away. I’m going to try it because some friends swear by it that is works like a charm. It must be the food grade type so it will not posion your pets and wild animals and keep your garden safe. All you do is sprinkle the power around your yard. It also can be fed to your pets and humans to help kill off parasites inside our bodies.

I caught lymes disease once and believe me it is no fun. I was hand feeding 2 deers and next day found the tick embedded on my back and only took about 2 days before the crashing illness to set in. Anti-biotics ridded the lymes. Not every deer has ticks that’ll pass on lymes. Infact most deer ticks do not carry the lymes disease. But there are many other tick diseases to worry about too like rocky mountain fever etc. that deers do not normaly carry on them.

And YES!!!! I will continue to pet and feed deers. I find them to be the most beautiful animal and they are very serene loving animals.
ps… there’s a chance that the deers I petted that the tick that I found on me came from them. I was temporary staying with a friend and her cats… well, I found at least 5 ticks on her carpet from those cats running in and out.

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posted 04-27-2013 10:13 AM

PS

If you take care of homeless cats like I do…. omg I have NEVER experienced anything sooooooo bad with fleas before last summer and I’ve taken care of many cats for over 20 years. Like 50 jumping on me just to walk out to my car. Last year was bad for fleas and ticks. I already noticed 2 types of ticks in the garden bed having nothing to do with the cats.

But consider buying them a flea and tick pill…. and/or hopefully this Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth will work. Cats stay in the same area and don’t wander off far ususaly. Treating all of the animals prevents much.

Coconut oil works fantasticly!!! Feeding it to cats and dogs and also applying it on their fur. Fleas and ticks can not stand the smell of it. BUT.. leaves them greasy, also lowers their blood pressure just a little, dirt collects on them.

I’m going to start applying coconut oil on my skin when I will be outside this year gardening, hiking and camping. If it works for them… maybe just the scent absorbed in my skin will work. Also coconut oil is a great hair conditioner for humans. It doesnt wash out after a shampoo… takes a few shampoos. Ticks will hate it. And when ticks and fleas do jump on pets with this applied… they slip etc and have a hard time getting to the skin to suck on their blood. It’s effortless to take them off.

Cedar spray DOES NOT WORK!!! I got caught in a scam by cedarcide company. They refuse to refund and they aren’t a BBB member. It made my dog extrememly lethargic and she wouldn’t play and barely ate until I washed it off her. And every place I sprayed it on carpet and outside on deck she refused to go to those areas. I had to carry her outside untill I shampooed the carpets and washed the deck off. There are MANY BBB files on this company!!! And they had thousands of radio commercials saying their product is 100% safe and effective. And I also sprayed it all over the yard and didn’t do squat ridding ticks and fleas.

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posted 04-27-2013 10:28 AM

PSS

I am a professional in Feng Shui and what I have learned on my own many years ago that I’ve never heard that anyone else has discovered this and I’ve shared it many times with others…... In ALL of my experiences with clients, neighbors and family etc… even when I’ve watched some TV shows on how to rid deers from eating your plants etc…. EVERY SINGLE TIME… EVEY TIME… where the deers eat your plants, pine trees etc it has always been in a bad feng shui place. Infact places of great feng shui they leave those plants alone!!! Now naturaly… if they are hungry they will eat some fruit in a good feng shui area but won’t distroy it with antlers nor will eat it all.

My brother planted several hundred baby pine trees. He doesn’t believe in feng shui, okay… I told him when I came over to visit him all the areas that was a proper placement and what wasn’t. YES!!! the deer ate the bad feng shui areas and left the good feng shui area alone. My brother kept replanting more trees they distroyed and guess what? They ate them too and left all the others alone!!!

This is how I figured it all out and then paid attention to everyone complaining and I have absolutely NO problem sharing my food with them. Heck, I’d be sharing it with humans anyways! Also, sometimes I will plant seeds out in the woods etc I know they like. There’s always a chance it’ll grow and help them. Most deers are nearly starved to death, and it is humans fault!!!!
Hit a deer in a car????? Well, it isn’t their fault. Cars are unatural. If we walked or road a horse or bike… you’d likely not ever hit one. At least kill one.

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posted 04-27-2013 12:40 PM

I’m sorry to hear that the cedar oil didn’t work for you. I’ve recently purchased some of their products and hope I can get better results but now I’m leary on applying it to my pets. The spot Rx treatment is scary too, as one of my cats has kidney issues.

I wonder if you would share your Feng Shui knowledge on where to plant edibles that deer would eat so that they will not bother them.

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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posted 04-27-2013 12:48 PM

Update on the permethrin product: I have purchased the tubes that contain cotton balls laced with permethrin and hope these help deter the tick deer population. The theory of this is that the mice will take the cotton balls to nest in and they are a prime target for ticks, so the ticks die on them BEFORE reproducing. A spring and summer application is suggested to stop their life cycle. It is hard to say if the traveling deer will be effected by this method or not, but I thought it worth a try to keep my household and pets safe from the nasty ticks and possible exposure to Lyme disease.

The dry ice/sticky trap would definately be a mechanism to take a census of what is crawling out in one’s yard and hopefully rid of some pests at the same time.

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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posted 04-27-2013 01:04 PM

Just another factual mention on cedarcide with their product claiming 100% safe and completely effective on cats, dogs and horses. I swear to god…. I still kept finding ticks and fleas on my dog while that cedar spray was applied on her… 1 more prood it didn’t work. And ticks litterly embedded on my dog!!!! It did not work at ALL. It only harmed my dog and the smell of this product was WAY too much to to smell sences. Completely over empowering.

I contacted every GOV official and through their research they skimpt a bare tad of chemicals to hinder themselves from agriculture investigation. I swear to god all of this infomation I am expressing. I was unable to sue them etc. I called every vet in the area and only about 1/4 of at least phone answers and I didn’t speak usualy with a vet that has had clients with same results my dog experienced and some claimed far worse side effects with rashes and skin burns.

I’m giving you straight facts and warnings. It isn’t just cedarcide… it’s the same results with other companies using cedar sprays.

Also… everytime I called to complain they’d give me a bogus email and also phone numbers nobody answers… even once their shipping dept. But never a response. I’d call again…. another different email. I’d demand for the owner or manager… connected with me a bogus dept. Finaly I went to BBB to report them and saw MANY other reports.

And I wrote to coast2 coast radio station where I heard their commecercials and told them what has happened to my dog and my experiences with cedarcide neglecting me and wont refund….. 2 days later their commercials changed and they quit saying it was 100% safe for animals.

I swear to god.

Even the state of Texas where this company is can’t do anything about it because they put about 1% less of chemical in their product to prevent GOV investigation!

And I challenge you all to phone them and lie saying you tried their product and harmed your dog. They’ll give you an email to complain to. Call them a couple days later and say nobody replied…. they’re response will be… oh you were given a wrong email…. and also they will say every single time you are the first to complain.

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posted 04-27-2013 01:23 PM

mmh…. I’d be happy to give a simple suggestion area if you can give me many pictures and angles etc of your property. Or if you can draw out your house and land area where the border line properties.

I’d need pictures of areas you’re interested in planting with a good area view around it. Not upclose pictures where I’m unable to see around. If you hand draw your place… I may be able to tap in too. I’ve been very succesful in past with just hand drawn things INDOORS… but I haven’t tried outdoor drawings yet so much

DO NOT use the cedar product…. send it back if you can. If not… throw it in the trash.

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posted 04-27-2013 01:26 PM

Uhhh…. If i get a zillion requests…. no guearntee I will get back with you all. I’m qualified for 300 per hour stemming since late 90’s. But I do not mind giving a few tips for free and some readings. It will only be my opions and no gaurentee etc.

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posted 04-27-2013 01:40 PM

mmh… I have never heard of this laced cotton ball treament you’re trying out. In my expriences and belifs… try to do a holistic method before a chemical. Ehhhh I’m not proud of this claim, but I have switched to a topical med treatment for my dog. The coconut oil worked etc… but was a nutience for her. 2 very famous types of preventions either didn’t work or she was allergic to, There’s a new tick and flea prevention plus rids mosquitos etc that I am now using…. it just hit the market not long ago and most vets do not carry it yet nor can be sold in pet stores…. but it works outstanding for my dog!!! And no side effects on her. For the time being I will be using this on her until I find something holistic better than coconut oil etc.

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posted 04-27-2013 06:52 PM

I confused private messages with public ones. But mmh… ask and call many vets first about a product. It is quite baffeling the different responses you’ll get from each vet. Do lots of research and search engines on each product on the internet. There are many forums where people give reviews and pets with various conditions health wise.

I can only share my experiences and little outside of this all with recommendations and I am not a vet etc. But I also defineately indeed do know that many vets are paid extra to promote products just the same as for human doctors and are posion etc.

All flea and tick preventions are posion…. but some products do work and may be worth it. For instance… I haven’t found to date an herbal to cure lymes just yet and had to rely on a man made cure with meds for it.

Coconut oil definately works… but with a pet with kidney disease… I do not know the knowlege if this can harm them. And I will telll you this…. most vets will deny coconut oil to work, yet it does.

Just do lots of research…. remember to breathe and listen to your pets… they do telepathicaly communicate and are mind readers…. just try to figure it all out and luckily you’ll also find a vet with real and worthy experience to give. Trust the universe and it will respond.

BTW… I lost my 17 year old cat due to kidney disease. What I learned… and may of kept her alive an extra year or two… they need alot of wet food and oils. They can’t survive long on dry cat food. Even most canned food is crap. They need a lot of raw organic meat etc and oil supplements.

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posted 04-27-2013 07:04 PM

Pardon me with having so many posts etc….. but one way of listening to our intuition….. because folks, we live in the 3D world! If your energy raises… it’s most likely a yes. IF it drops, then the answer is more than likely a no.

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