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    Ever have problems with ticks...after our ride today I had this big one
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    Thank god it didn't bite into you. Or should I say eat you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax
    Thank god it didn't bite into you. Or should I say eat you...
    how do you get rid of those things
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    how do you get rid of those things
    We have plenty of them around here...

    Used to tell you to use a match immediately after it's been put out...don't actually set it on fire, just coax it out with the heat. The main issue is that they will detach from their heads easily if you try to pull them. Otherwise, I usually just dig the thing out with tweezers or a knife. Also, don't squeeze the body - you don't want an animal's or someone else's blood going back into your body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    how do you get rid of those things
    Get a hunting knife and stab it as hard as you can. It might inflict other injures alongside but it'll kill it.
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    Shiver, do you guys have ticks in Cali? I've been riding a few times in your mountain areas and desert areas, both on MTB and dirt motorcycle, and I've never run into any ticks. They're pretty rare in west Texas. I've ridden in some other southern states where they've shown up...hate the things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNC
    Shiver, do you guys have ticks in Cali? I've been riding a few times in your mountain areas and desert areas, both on MTB and dirt motorcycle, and I've never run into any ticks. They're pretty rare in west Texas. I've ridden in some other southern states where they've shown up...hate the things.
    South Texas and the hill country is full of them. Riding through the brush or cedars, you can pick them up sometimes. River and creek bottoms are the worst generally.

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    here in the continental divide area of north central colorado they are like flies in may. i mean they were all over me like a cheap suit. had to inspect myself (everywhere) 3x a day. in my house and on the trail. they can jump 200X their height and over 3 feet in distance. but june came and they vanished. thank god. little bastards. if you dont kill one and flick it off you it will find you again a few minutes later.
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    I had a friggin tick on my neck for like 2 days in Minnesota when I was on summer vacation going into 5th grade. It was towards the bottom in my hair so I didnt see it. My neck was sore as hell and I finally put hand back there and felt a bump. I was like uh, dad what the hell is that. And it was a tick. He had to like rip it off, pretty nasty crap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNC
    Shiver, do you guys have ticks in Cali? I've been riding a few times in your mountain areas and desert areas, both on MTB and dirt motorcycle, and I've never run into any ticks. They're pretty rare in west Texas. I've ridden in some other southern states where they've shown up...hate the things.
    yep we have them here.....especially in the heavy brush areas
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    Bug spray and lots of it.

    I use permanone (sp?) or promethrin (sp?) on my clothes and anything with lots of deet on my skin. I will probably grow a tail or somthing from all the chemicals and my kids will have flippers but it keeps them off and I am in Jersey where they are mean. Layer that bug spray on, it kills them as soon as they get on you, I find dead one in my shoes and pockets all the time.

    Just dont get any of the spray on your lips or a camelback tube, it makes your lips and tongue go numb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS
    Ever have problems with ticks...after our ride today I had this big one
    Isn't that a dung beetle?

    I get ticks all the time. 2 yesterday. Wife had one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spero
    We have plenty of them around here...

    Used to tell you to use a match immediately after it's been put out...don't actually set it on fire, just coax it out with the heat. The main issue is that they will detach from their heads easily if you try to pull them. Otherwise, I usually just dig the thing out with tweezers or a knife. Also, don't squeeze the body - you don't want an animal's or someone else's blood going back into your body.
    This is a bad way to take them off, when you hit them with heat, they will throw up (same with leeches) and any disease they are carrying is injected into you. The best is to just pull them off.

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    hell we hafe tones. i get 3 at least, every time i ride...more if the trail goes through a god damm corn feild. the doc. told me to take a torch and heat up a flat head screw driver and the tap its back w/ it. i've never done that though, i to scarred i'll miss and burn my self.

    o ya check your balls, my friend had one on his balls once and had to the ER to get it off

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sombrio69
    the doc. told me to take a torch and heat up a flat head screw driver and the tap its back w/ it.
    Time to get a new Dr.!

    American Lyme Disease Foundation
    If you DO find a tick attached to your skin, there is no need to panic. Not all ticks are infected, and studies of infected deer ticks have shown that they begin transmitting Lyme disease an average of 36 to 48 hours after attachment. Therefore, your chances of contracting LD are greatly reduced if you remove a tick within the first 24 hours. Remember, too, that the majority of early Lyme disease cases are easily treated and cured.
    To remove a tick, follow these steps:
    1. Using a pair of pointed precision* tweezers, grasp the tick by the head or mouthparts right where they enter the skin. DO NOT grasp the tick by the body.
    2. Without jerking, pull firmly and steadily directly outward. DO NOT twist the tick out or apply petroleum jelly, a hot match, alcohol or any other irritant to the tick in an attempt to get it to back out. These methods can backfire and even increase the chances of the tick transmitting the disease.
    3. Place the tick in a vial or jar of alcohol to kill it.
    4. Clean the bite wound with disinfectant.

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    they should make some tick pills like they have for the dogs, I was out paintballing and I got 2 in like an hour
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    Its not in pill form its a topical (Frontline/advantage) similar to the cow dip we use to laddle on the back of cattle. not approved for human use but who knows maybe in the future. I find what works best besides DEET is to wear white jersey and pants and if you are riding in tall weeds/brush wear long pants, its hot but way easier to see the ticks on you. If you wear black, well you can have 100 on you and will never know it.

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    Yeah...just get that 98% DEET and you'll drive every bug away for miles. That stuff is crazy.

    I've heard that all of the methods I used as a kid to remove them were unsafe, so I usually cut them out.

    The beetle above is a rhinocerous beetle of some sort. Heterogomphus chevrolati maybe. There are plenty of those guys around here. They get pretty big, but the grub worms that consist of their larval stage are the ungliest things ever. You can find them burrowed in soft wood. They don't compare to these suckers though.

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    I had one on my balls once...

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    i've gotten a couple and my dad does this thing wear he turns it. i cant remember if he turns it clockwise or counter clockwise , but anyways he just turns it and then it comes out with the head.
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    my friend had one in his armpit, it was halfway in. also if you wear long white shocks on bike rides, you can see if they are on your leg, but i don't do that.

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    Any one else read this and freak out???

    I've been staring at my arms and legs for like 20 minutes now.

    Nasty sh!t
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    they make masqueeto(sp?) pills now so they don't bite you...so I think they all ready have trick pills for humans. I'll see if they have it at Savon.

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    the ticks that are dangerous are the "deer ticks"
    They are the ticks that carry Lyme Disease and they are incredibly small like the size of a pinhead,I had one on me once and thought it was a piece of dirt until it would'nt come off in the shower

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    i hate ticks sooo much, the best way to kill them is put them in a container with bleach(powder) in it. it takes a little while but slowly the bleach eats away there skin/body parts. bastards!
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    Quote Originally Posted by _rich_
    the ticks that are dangerous are the "deer ticks"
    They are the ticks that carry Lyme Disease and they are incredibly small like the size of a pinhead,I had one on me once and thought it was a piece of dirt until it would'nt come off in the shower
    Other species can carry Lyme's disease. Deer ticks are just the most common carrier. Lyme's is caused by a bacteria. So any tick the feeds on an infected host can become a carrier. So just because it isn't a Deer Tick (or Black legged tick as they are calling them now) does not mean you are safe from Lyme's.

    (p8ulled 6 off me last year and just 1 so far this year. All negative for Lyme's)

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    Ugh Lyme!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Doug

    (p8ulled 6 off me last year and just 1 so far this year. All negative for Lyme's)
    I haven't been as lucky http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=112995

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    Quote Originally Posted by canada17
    Layer that bug spray on, it kills them as soon as they get on you, I find dead one in my shoes and pockets all the time.
    Sure it isn't just BO thats killing them? Bug spray does not kill insects. It just makes you invisible to them. Ever see that OFF! commercial withthe guy in the tent and thousands of 'skeeter? They don't land on him and drop dead, they just don't know he's thre.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug
    Other species can carry Lyme's disease. Deer ticks are just the most common carrier. Lyme's is caused by a bacteria. So any tick the feeds on an infected host can become a carrier. So just because it isn't a Deer Tick (or Black legged tick as they are calling them now) does not mean you are safe from Lyme's.

    (p8ulled 6 off me last year and just 1 so far this year. All negative for Lyme's)
    ahhhh thanks for clearing that up for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sombrio69
    o ya check your balls, my friend had one on his balls once and had to the ER to get it off
    Man, that would suck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by E30Evolution
    Man, that would suck!
    For real, that happened to one of my friends too. And he ended up getting Lyme Disease from the little bastard.

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