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I know I am a little paranoid, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't worry about ticks when I go fishing in and around heavily wooded areas in the warmer months. I've never come home to find one on me, but I usually check just to be sure. Anyone have any experiences with tick bites?

Posted on: 2007/4/4 12:40


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That tick I found on my vest in Carbon County when I stopped to rest.

I never found a tick for twenty years and then about five years ago I started findin' a bunch of 'em. I only find them a handfull of days a year, but sometimes four or five in one day in the Poconos. Pike County seems to be the worst by far, Monroe and Carbon have some also. Sometimes I find them on me in the shower, or days later on my waders in my house, on my fly rod, even in my vehicle. It doesn't worry me in the slightest way. That's because I don't worry about anything outdoors. If it's bears, snakes, Lyme disease, west nile virus, drowning, falling, getting lost or whatever... bring it on, I can handle it.

I never hear anything about Lyme disease in NE PA and I don't think it's very common in the animals and ticks around here. I do check for ticks when I take my gear off and always check my neck and hair for 'em on the way home. That's the most likely spot for them to be on me with wearing waders and whatnot. They will crawl up looking for skin and the neck and head is where I've found a bunch.

Twice I've had ticks attached to my skin. Once for less than a day that I pulled off with tweezers, and once for at least three days. I was brushing my hair and felt a sore spot on the back of my head. I felt with my fingers and knew exactly what it was. It was Monday and I was last fishing on Thursday. It definitely was on there long enough to transmit a disease. I removed it by scratching and pulling. The mouth parts can stay in the skin and will be pushed out in a few days kinda like a scab. I never got any flu-like symptoms so it was a non-event. You can be tested for Lyme disease, but it's not totally reliable and the bullseye rash doesn't always show, so I decided to wait for any symptoms, which never happened.

Posted on: 2007/4/4 14:06

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I know someone who has been bitten twice in the past two months. DELCO. First time a bulls eye appeared within hours on the leg bitten. Second time, a bad scab occured on the ear, but no bulls eye. The ear became very hot, and red. To the dr again. This person is now on on their second go-round of tretracycline.

Most likely they got the ticks from their dog, who brought them inside. (this dog is on frontline) Dogs sleeping on your bed is prolly not a good idea. Just about all dogs test positive (false postive) in this area. They have lyme, but are able to keep it in check.

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I saw a display of the ticks that can transmit lyme disease. You needed a magnifying glass to make them out. Apparently the larger ones, as gross as they are, won't carry lyme disease. Not that its good to have a blood sucking critter in your shorts.

Posted on: 2007/4/4 14:12


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Dear limestone,

Yesterday I walked across the street from my house into the woods and when I returned home I had two ticks crawling on my neck. They were just little bitty baby ones, probably only a couple of days old.

I just picked them off and flushed them down the toilet same as always. They really don't bother me unless I find them after they have taken root and grown big and strong on my blood. I still just rip them out and dump peroxide at the point of attachment and forget about it. I probably have 50 to 75 tick heads floating around in my bloodstream and I'm none the worse for wear.

Regards,
Tim Murphy

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tomgamber...that is what I thought, but that supposedly not the case here in SE PA. We've got blood thirsty BALCO-plan ticks down this way. BEWARE!

Posted on: 2007/4/4 14:18


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I didn't say the big ones wouldn't suck your blood. I just said that the bigs one aren't lyme carriers. They may carry other things. This came from a doctor. Now when I was a kid, living near Reading, our dogs used to get ticks. They would start out as small black (think size 18) ones and grow into big (size 8) swollen, gray raisin looking blobs that would pop if you squeezed them.

Heres your regular dog tick:

second your lyme disease or lone star tick:

last is the groundhog variety which is known to carry rocky mountain spotted fever:


cute ain't they?

Heres all the info you'll ever need and more...
Tick Web Page

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I hate ticks, my dog, a 2 year Springer, has Lyme disease. Somewhere around when she turned 6 months, I had the vet give her the Lyme disease shot. It helped to keep her points down, it turned out that the shot was worth it's weight in gold. By the way, the vet said that Lyme disease has really spiked in the Lancaster area........

Posted on: 2007/4/4 14:37


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Hows Lancaster's deer population?

My cousin got Lyme disease when was living in Lancaster...he said he thought he was going to die. He said he could barely move at one point. Nasty thing...

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Lyme desease is very prevalent throughout New England, NJ, and PA, and can be sparsly found in the southern states. I've been bit by dozens of ticks, and you really shouldn't worry about them. All you need to do is check your body for ticks when your getting your waders and stuff off. They typically like to go for the hair, ears, armpits and *caugh*....undercarriages.

If you see a bullseye mark, or feel a stiffness/swelling in one side of your body (especially the jaw) a few days after going out, go to a doctor and get checked for lymes. If you catch it early its typically easy to get rid of.

Posted on: 2007/4/4 14:59


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I've found the crawling up my legs and neck before while fishing.

Also, once on a camping trip I found one in a pretty sensitive area when I was taking a shower. Had me pretty worked up to think one got there

Posted on: 2007/4/4 15:15


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The only time I've had trouble with ticks was the 2nd or 3rd year we were out here in the Midwest. I would fish a half mile or so through high streamside grass and then collapse face down on the ground to rest for a few minutes before continuing. I began to notice I was picking up a tick or 2 almost every day.

So, I quit collapsing on the ground and began collapsing upright against trees instead. Never saw another tick after that.

But, in all the years I fished PA, I never found a tick on me. Then again, I'm always buttoned up pretty tight. Long sleeves regardless of the temperature or time of year, etc.

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In my area they are very prevelant and I always find them on our pets and myself. They normally get flushed.

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A guy I know got Rocky Mountain spotted fever from a tick he picked up while cutting grass on a lawn tractor. Here at my home, which is on a wooded lot, I can walk around the yard and pick up one. I once rescued a stray cat that came to the door one day looking for a handout, he was covered with the damn things. God I hate ticks. But I never seem to get them while fishing. Go figure.

Posted on: 2007/4/4 18:38


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Ticks and most people don't like me.

Despite crawling around in heavy brush, woods and assorted other "ticky" places; I ain't had one in a zillion years.

Skeeters and Black Flies on the other hand find me delicious.

Posted on: 2007/4/4 18:57



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