Thursday, April 10, 2014
Ticks – a Geocacher’s Bane
Rumor has it that 2014 will not be a bad year for ticks. It has something to do with late frosts in 2013 and a tick’s 2-year life cycle. Plus the extreme cold this Winter. Either way, it’s best to stay cautious. TaGeez and I have spent a lot of time in the woods already.
A friend posted on Facebook a remedy for removing ticks involving dish soap and cotton swabs. Unfortunately, another friend immediately debunked it using Snopes.com as a reference.
Reaching out to that second friend, Ben of theGrundalows, he said, “The ONLY way to safely remove a tick is tweezers at the mouthparts/your own skin and pull.” He also advised, “Do not remove a tick in any way that will kill/injure the tick in the process. If you do, it is more likely the tick with spew its nasty diseases into your bloodstream.” I trust Ben’s knowledge in this area – he and Amanda are hikers and spend a great deal of time outdoors.
Scary, right? I’ve come across ticks twice – one embedded in my cat’s eyelid (I cried the whole time I was tweezing it out) and one on myself (discovered during a shower). I screamed (and almost took out the shower curtain) as I scrambled to get it off. This year I bought myself and TaGeez a Tick Key – we’re carrying them in our special essentials kits I mentioned back in October.
I must remember to pack it when I head off to Beverly GC28 this month. Brad Paisley’s song, Ticks, is cute but the real thing is not.