Monday, August 16, 2010

Scratching .........

I'm sitting here - scratching. We have a path that goes through the three fields behind our house and out to the road. I told Hubby yesterday that I wanted to go for a walk through the fields, but the grass had grown up on the path and I was afraid of ticks. He got on the mower and began to cut the path. Since he was kind enough to stop what he was doing and mow the path for me. I decided that I should pick up the sticks and branches that were in the way. Somehow I cut my finger on one of the branches, so I came back to the house to wash it off and apply a bandaid. While looking at my hand, I noticed a small black speck on my thumb that was moving - a Tick! I quickly checked my feet and legs - lots of tiny black moving specks. I was covered with ticks! I quickly got in the shower and scrubbed and scrubbed. I got rid of most of them, but I have several bites that I've been scratching all day. I hate those tiny ticks. They are so hard to see and they seem to attack by the hundreds.

I'm one of those people that attracts all sorts of biting insects. If there is a mosquito within a mile, it's going to find me. All sizes of ticks will seek me out. Hubby and I can sit by the pool in the evening and the bugs will swarm around me and totally ignore him. I guess this is the price I pay for being so sweet. Yes. I do have some bug repellant. It's sitting in the garage beside the sunscreen. I never remember to use either one.

Anyone have any favorite methods for getting rid of those little ticks once they get all over you?

6 comments:

Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I was bit by a tick twice and developed Lyme Disease about 3 year's ago. Fortunately, it was treated with a 21 days of anti-b's and I have not had in complications, but I was SO SICK with high fever and chills initially.

stay covered!!!!

Becky Mushko said...

Rubbing baby oil on your skin helps a bit, but those little tiny ticks have been all over the place this year.

KathyA said...

Are those tiny ticks deer ticks? Watch the bite sites -- if there appears to be a 'bulls-eye' rash, get thee to a doctor QUICKLY!

I plant a lot of citronella (fragrant geraniums). They help as do the Off Lanterns -- they are REALLY effective.

Arkansas Patti said...

Ticks scare me silly. Beside the fear of Lymes Disease, I have a friend now who is still struggling with Tularemia after over 2 months of constant treatment.
Those sound like baby ticks so they probably haven't bitten anything till they got to you.
Still, be careful.

CountryDew said...

I'll echo your other comments: take care and keep an eye on those places. Tick bites can be dangerous!

Gives me the creepies to read about it!

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

I've heard covering up is the best way to deal with ticks. It's hard to do when it's 90 degrees out though! I really don't like using those repellents with all the chemicals so I'd rather sweat it out with long jeans and a long sleeve shirt.