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Old 04-25-2014, 10:57 PM   #2921
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Well, that thing I quoted from the Public Health Agency of Canada said to use DEET based insect repellants.
Sadly, Deet has never worked for anything but mosquitoes for me. I'm on my second shower.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:08 PM   #2922
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Sadly, Deet has never worked for anything but mosquitoes for me. I'm on my second shower.
When I lived in the country we used to use a 94 or 96% DEET product (Muskol?). They don't sell that strength anymore.

It worked for everything except deer flies. It worked for 8 hours and then seemed to sound a silent alarm that black flies, mosquitoes, noseeyums, etc. could here.

What about the Icaridin? I've never heard about that one before.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:19 PM   #2923
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I have a feeling that ticks don't care what you spray yourself with. Including showers.

Canadian deer flies are the worst! NOTHING repels them!

Cave just put some great info about ticks and Lyme disease in Off Topic.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:25 PM   #2924
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I've never had a tick...be funny if I just jinxed myself and then needed a flea collar!!!
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Deer flies are awful. The other insects are little vampires that want your blood. Deer flies want meat!
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:33 PM   #2926
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I've never had a tick...be funny if I just jinxed myself and then needed a flea collar!!!
My school nurses had never seen a tick bite either, until one had to pull one out of the back of my neck, and another had to check the one DH helped me pull out of my side. They leave quite a wound for such a little bug. Like a big hole. And when they're embedded, you know, they hurt!

BTW, if some of the tick parts are still in there, no worries. They get absorbed. Everyone freaks about the mouth parts left. Unless they have Lyme disease.
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Deer flies are awful. The other insects are little vampires that want your blood. Deer flies want meat!
Yes they do! They have those triangular mouth parts that just take out chunks of flesh.
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Put vaseline over a tick and it will back out, you've cut off it's oxygen.
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Put vaseline over a tick and it will back out, you've cut off it's oxygen.

From my boy scout days I remember this: Light a match then blow it out and touch the hop tip to the tick and it'll back out.
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Put vaseline over a tick and it will back out, you've cut off it's oxygen.
Pointy tweezers are the way to go, pull straight out, no twisting or squeezing. They're already in your flesh, so there's nothing to smother. Mom used to use a blown-out match, they'd back out for that, but there might be some collateral damage. I would then put them on a fireproof surface, or in an ashtray, and incinerate them with a lighter.
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