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I never saw a tick until a few years ago.  I think I found 4 or 5 crawling on me that year after various hikes when I went off trail, and after that I've seen a ton - mostly from the cats bringing them in, especially the long haired cat.

They seem to walk around looking for a good spot for quite awhile, so a person usually has time to notice them before they bite in.  I've had two just start to bite in and it was a pretty sharp pain - it's hard to imagine someone not noticing it, maybe if they were still working outside or something.  Even though neither seemed to leave a mark at the time, an hour later there were throbbing red bumps where they bit. 

I just cringe wen I see people letting their kids and dogs run off off trail and into the dry grass this time of year.  There are rattle snakes as well, although not many and they are not aggressive, but still..

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Interesting fact.  Out here we have considerably less Lyme Disease than elsewhere.  Turns out the western fence lizard carries an enzyme that kills Lyme Disease. 

When the ticks bite them, the enzyme in their blood kills any Lyme Disease that tick may be carrying, and it's the end of the line of it in that tick family.

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I never saw a tick until a few years ago.  I think I found 4 or 5 crawling on me that year after various hikes when I went off trail, and after that I've seen a ton - mostly from the cats bringing them in, especially the long haired cat.

They seem to walk around looking for a good spot for quite awhile, so a person usually has time to notice them before they bite in.  I've had two just start to bite in and it was a pretty sharp pain - it's hard to imagine someone not noticing it, maybe if they were still working outside or something.  Even though neither seemed to leave a mark at the time, an hour later there were throbbing red bumps where they bit. 

I just cringe wen I see people letting their kids and dogs run off off trail and into the dry grass this time of year.  There are rattle snakes as well, although not many and they are not aggressive, but still..

I had a reddish circle around a bite and I just happened to be at the doctor's office so I asked him about it.  He was so happy to be able to check something out that wasn't his specialty (colonoscopies) and he looked at it real close.  "Pretty sure that's a spider bite." he said.  I was very relived to hear that.

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Opossums will never win a beauty contest but they must be hard at work in my area exterminating ticks and others odds and ends.  When I’ve been out late at night or very early in the morning, I’ll often see one scurrying away, in a typical odd and creepy opossum manner.

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Opossums will never win a beauty contest but they must be hard at work in my area exterminating ticks and others odds and ends.  When I’ve been out late at night or very early in the morning, I’ll often see one scurrying away, in a typical odd and creepy opossum manner.

Here's a cute little guy that found a place to hide for two days in my bathroom.  I finally lured him out with cat food.

Sometimes I wonder if he's now one of the older ugly ones that prowl the yard.


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Here's a cute little guy that found a place to hide for two days in my bathroom.  I finally lured him out with cat food.

Sometimes I wonder if he's now one of the older ugly ones that prowl the yard.


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They used to show up around the house.  My wife at the time would feed them cat food.  A mama would come with the little ones.  I always liked the little critters.  Sadly the mama made her way into the crawlspace and died.  Only found her because of the smell.  Had to get under there and pull her out.  I don't know what happened to her babies.  I never saw any after that.

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I refuse to inspect anyone here for ticks!
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Here's a cute little guy that found a place to hide for two days in my bathroom.  I finally lured him out with cat food.

Sometimes I wonder if he's now one of the older ugly ones that prowl the yard.


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Ahh! He's cute! I like him. They're like the North American version of a garden hedgehog.  :)
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I can live with that.
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They used to show up around the house.  My wife at the time would feed them cat food.  A mama would come with the little ones.  I always liked the little critters.  Sadly the mama made her way into the crawlspace and died.  Only found her because of the smell.  Had to get under there and pull her out.  I don't know what happened to her babies.  I never saw any after that.

They're probably fine.  They move out of the mother's pouch and hang onto her back - when they drop off, they're ready to be on their own.