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We are possibly moving out there and someone just told us the ticks are quite bad if you live in the country over there. Where we are in the PNW we have none, so we are somewhat freaked out about the idea of having to deal with ticks all summer! We plan to have land and want to be able to let the kids play outside, in the trees and grass, like we do here. Are some parts of New England better than others? How do you all deal with it??<br><br>
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Yeap! Pretty much all of the areas are tick infested! It was a bit of a shock to me as well, but not much you can do about it, besides making sure you spray your clothing well with anti-tick/bug spray, buy clothes (like hats) that have "bug off" in them and / or have your yard treated against the beasts. Be sure not to forgeet to spary the kids or yourself EVERYTIME you go outside during this time, because you forget once and there they are...<br>
We live in the city and have a medium size garden and still have plenty of ticks to go around, so there is no way of avoiding them! Sorry!
 

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We're in NH and we've already had two embedded and one crawling this year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Last year we only had one. We had them before the black flies were out so I wasn't thinking of bug spray yet... They're nasty, but not a huge deal. If you get one, grab the whole body with tweezers. Apply gentle pressure back away from where it's embedded. Wait for it to remove it's own head. Check and make sure the head is still on the body. Stick it in a jar in case you need it tested for Lyme disease. I grew up in CA so I never had to deal with them before either. Really though, they aren't a big deal at all. Just check your kids when they come in from playing. Oh and my MIL is an herbalist and she told me to drop tincture on the tick before removal and on the site afterwards. She said it makes them pull out faster. I used her Cold and Flu tincture, but probably any tincture would work. HTH!
 

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They come out mostly in the early summer here, wear light clothing so you can see them easier. I've been to the pnw, I've seen your gigantic slugs, I'll take ticks over that anyday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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Saw this and had to respond, I grew up in the Midwest and we had plenty of ticks, too, frankly, I never thought they were any big deal. They're certainly not as annoying as mosquitoes or midges, and not as gross as the giant slugs in the PNW--yeesh! Before you come inside after you've been playing, give yourself a once over, if they haven't held on yet you can brush any off, no big deal, IMHO.
 

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Another great idea and works very well to remove them once they bit, is to just put liquide soap on top of them and once they are out from your skin just wash away with water. They come right out this way as they can not breath and they try to remove themselves.
 

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We have them in Maine too. We really didn't until a few years ago, but they're here now! We just do frequent tick checks, stay out of tall grass, and if we're in the woods we try to wear long pants and tuck our pant legs into our socks--looks dorky but it works!
 

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We're getting guinea hens to cut down on any potential population here. I am told that they will reduce the number of ticks in a given area by something like 85%.<br><br>
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oh, must add - the ticks are waaaaaaay less of a problem up here in VT than they were where we lived in PA!
 

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former pnw'er living in Maine here. we're in portland so we don't deal with ticks everyday, but when we're out at friends' in the woods we have to, as we did living in the country in MD a few years back (itty bitty deer ticks). my understanding is they don't embed right away, catch them within 12 (24?) hours and you're pretty much good from the Lyme disease standpoint.<br><br>
hey, all that, AND mosquitoes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> but it's true they won't grind your sunflower sprouts down to nothing in 5 minutes the way the slugs and snails will in the pnw.<br><br>
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We are in Southern Maine, and I walk in our tall grass a lot, and I pull at least one tick a day off myself, but they are almost never attached. My understanding is that they need to be embedded for 24 hours (at least) to pass on Lyme Disease, which you can get from the little deer ticks. These are very small, but you do see them. Ticks are tricky to crush, but a sharp fingernail across the body on a hard surface does the trick-look for the legs to curl up. Check daily and it shouldn't be a problem, but they are a bit freaky at first.<br><br>
Good tip on the liquid soap, I have never tried that. I assume it would work with the cats too?
 

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As the others have said, there's just no escaping them around here. The large ones are unpleasant but not a big deal, it's the tiny ones that can carry lyme. And not just in the woods, but even just just being in your yard. Use a spray of some kind to discourage them, then check carefully.<br><br>
Everywhere you live has it's own downnside, that is ours.
 

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where i am in VT ticks are not a problem. i'm outside in the woods, meadows and lawns a lot and haven't ever found one on me, dh, ds or the dog.
 

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There are different species of ticks. The only ones that are a health problem (rather than just a nuiscence) are deer ticks, which can carry lyme's disease. BUT... deer ticks are really only a problem in areas where lots of people and dogs live in close proximity to lots of deer. Where I live in Maine, I've never heard anyone worry about deer ticks or lyme's disease; we are spread out enough that's it isn't an issue. The mosquitoes and black flies are a MUCH bigger problem than ticks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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A few of you mentioned they were not so bad where you were - but where are you? (Grnmtnmama?) Also, we don't have black flies here either, so what do those do? How bad ARE the mosquitos?<br><br>
I don't mind slugs - they are slow, don't suck my blood or bite me or generally care about me at all, besides eating my garden. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I think you get used to what you have, but we want to know what we are possibly getting into!<br><br>
Fiddlemom - what do you think are the main differences between pnw and maine? are you from pnw or e.coast?<br><br>
Thanks everyone - this has made ticks feel a little more manageable. Still would prefer no ticks...
 

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My part of Vermont (northern, between Burlington and Montpelier) doesn't seem to have many ticks either. I'm not sure I've seen one at all since moving here. As someone else said, the black flies and mosquitoes are much more of a problem. We moved here from the PNW and we really miss the perfect summers we had out there. It's suprisingly hot and humid here, and the bugs are really bad. (Black flies bite. They're tiny, but the bites itch, and sometimes bleed.)
 

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Seems that opinions vary! I have lived in VT since 1993 and have never seen a tick. I believe I may have felt them on other people's dogs, but maybe that was in Massachusetts (we moved a lot). I'm sure they're here, but I haven't seen them, and I agree that the mosquitos are far worse.<br><br>
When I lived in MD, ticks were a plague. It was horrible. Even the slightly unmowed grass behind out fence was infested. I remember FREAKING OUT as a kid, because I climbed a hill with the wild abandon of a child, only to look around at the top and realize that the entire area was practically swarming with ticks. I felt totally trapped and sobbed up there until my mom found me. I could count them on the blades of grass. GROSS.<br><br>
Leaches, we have. Ticks, I wouldn't worry about.<br><br>
I love PNW slugs! I spent hours looking for a banana slug in the woods when I went to CA once. :) Good luck, whatever you decide!<br><br>
(PS. I'm in the Jericho area, near Burlington)
 

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We live in central vermont, and I've been picking a tick a day off the toddler. Yesterday we only went from the house to the car (about 20 feet, over a paved drive) and there was a tick crawling on him. Yuck.<br><br>
We have about 3 acres, but only about an acre of it is wooded. We keep our lawn short and brush cleared back but it seems we are picking ticks off every day for the last month or so. We also don't have any animals that go in and out of the house at all. We've only found one imbedded (on my older son) so far, but my partner and I have both found numerous ones crawling on us.<br><br>
We are also looking into Guinea hens. All of the ticks we've found have been deer ticks and we know more than a few people battling lyme disease. Not pretty.
 

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Black flies are what bad people become when they die.<br><br>
Seriously, though, they are horrible because they swarm all around you and they really bite, not just sting. They like running water so you can't control them the way you can mosquitoes. Their season is mercifully short, though.
 

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I grew up in Central VT and never saw a tick, and we lived in the woods. I lived in Burlington for a few years and never saw one. Moved to the North Shore in MA and saw some, but it wasn't a big deal- we just did a tick check upon going to bed. Now I'm on the Seacoast in NH and see maybe 2 or 3 a year, again after doing a check.
 
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