Don’t Be A TICK-
I have talked lots about Buster, but I have not yet introduced you to the rest of my crew. Ahhh, patients grasshopper, there is much to learn! Today, I am going to introduce you to my 2 girls, Natas and Sissy, and explain to you why traditional flea and tick prevention methods do not work in our home. I am researching ways to keep every tick out of my home.
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Meet The Girls, Natas & Sissy
Natas is a yellow lab and Sissy is a golden retriever. They are both about 7, and I assume related. You see, Matt found them in the road on his way home from working swing shift.
Sissy is a great dog! She is well mannered, has only barked a handful of times because some animal was in our yard, and is one of the most loyal dogs I have ever known. Her biggest downfall? She is a terrible thief! She has stolen more from our neighbors than anything! Here’s my warning: “close all coolers, put away your food, and for God’s sake, please keep an eye on your purse.”
Oh, my girl. We have been through the ringer, her and me. When she was less than 24 hours into living with us, she started having seizures. After lots of scary nights, and tons of trips to the vet, we concluded that she can not wash with or come in contact with anything that contains a pesticide. She was put on phenobarbitol for a while so we could try to figure her out.
Excuse Me, Sir, There’s Tick In Your Back
We did just fine with flea prevention for the last 6 years. But within the last year, ticks have become a very serious problem. As soon as spring actually decided to show up, they came out with a force I have never seen in my 13 years living in this rural wooded town. Sissy gets them the worst, with myself having to remove at least 5 ticks A DAY. Oh, and Matt? Yea, he had one in his back the other night, IN MY BED! Ok, I am going to take the risk of sounding like a high school girl here, because “ I can’t even.”
Ticks Have INVADED!
Clearly, this tick problem is only beginning, and they and other bugs have declared war on me and my home. I need to come up with a solid plan. A “tick defense strategy” if you will. My home, my family, and my pets are in danger. Did you know that it is not just Lyme Disease that ticks carry? The CDC recognizes 15 right now. That is just too much. So in the coming weeks, I am going to be pouring my heart into research to find the best ways to protect you and your family, both the 2 and 4 legged kinds. Because this isn’t just a PNW thing, ticks are found all across the country!
For now, I have put together the latest information about ticks, straight from the CDC. Feel free to print them using the click method that will take you straight to the download or print screen. Also, make sure you share this information with anyone who enjoys the outdoors or lives in a potential tick zone, such as heavily wooded areas.
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