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tazmine
22-05-04, 23:47
We have them...I hate them. Supposedly they were brought to Nova Scotia in the 1800's via hunting dogs from New England. Fortunately, ours are not (so far) carriers of Lyme disease, but that could change any year.

They will disappear when the hot weather of July arrives, but until then, they are a daily presence, especially since I have cats & a dog.

I know they are in the States (at least east coast), but do other countries have them too?

RobBo
22-05-04, 23:49
Are they like fleas?

tazmine
23-05-04, 00:25
No, far worse. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/clown.gif They are small, hard shelled, blackish-brown. They will bite you, stick on you, & suck your blood; their bodies become engorged with your blood & turn greyish. They can swell to about the size of the tip of your babyfinger. They will eventually drop off, once they are satiated.
You have to be very careful in removing them once they have bitten, to remove the whole of them, otherwise, the bite site can become infected.

I've only ever had 2 on me, & they hadn't bitten yet, but they are disgusting...and one of the of the few creatures who don't seem to serve any useful purpose on this planet.

marionf
23-05-04, 00:36
Hi Tazmine,

Here in Holland we call those creeps "Teken", and already we received some warning from the coverment. There was a year these bugs cost some lives here in Holland! I'm always very carefull and alert for these creeps!! Most of the time you even don't notice them, but I used to have a pet that was bitten by one of these *******s!! It was a dog and he was very sick.....almost killed him!! The doctor could treat him good, but it was nearly going wrong.

tazmine
23-05-04, 00:50
Hi Marion:
Yes, this sounds like the same thing. I give my pets a drug called Advantage, that supposedly helps, but we still find them on the animals.
The odd thing about ticks is that they don't seem to have a natural predator. No useful purpose...nothing wants to eat them...are they about to take us over?

marionf
23-05-04, 01:08
They told me about a certain thing you can do to eliminate that thick of youre pet: you have to take his head (the bug ;) ) than turn it clockwise....and pull it out. I never dare that, my sister in law did....and she was pulling out the body of this bug......maybe a tip for you? Or do you already know about this?

tazmine
23-05-04, 12:19
I'll only take them off if they've not bitten; otherwise, I get my husband to do it, cuz I can't stand to touch them. He'll usually use tweezers to make sure he get the head out. Yech!

swimfanc42tr
23-05-04, 16:56
We have lots of them down here. http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yuck.gif It helps if you spray, but that sometimes isn't such a good idea if you have pets. :(

knienie
23-05-04, 17:03
I once had such a thing, when I was camping in the woods. I didn't noticed it, but luckily my mom did. It had been there for days http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yuck.gif Luckily my mom knew what to do, otherwise I would have had some disease or something http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/yikes.gif