Saturday, November 12, 2016

I Hate Ticks


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There are some that say that these horrible things have a purpose, I disagree. Two days ago I noticed that I had what appeared to be a skin tag on my stomach. It was sore and the surrounding skin was red. I planned to see the doctor to have it looked at and removed. After a closer inspection I saw the LEGS! This has been a very dry summer and ticks have no been an issue, but we've been getting some rain and they are making up for lost time.

Ticks are blind, they cannot jump. They wait on grass blades with legs outstretched waiting for a host. This is called "questing". I keep thinking how this thing must have grabbed onto my foot and spent the day CRAWLING UP MY LEGS until it reached my belly. They CEMENT themselves to their hosts. I really had to tug to get this abomination off my body.

I'm waiting for a rash, or a fever or some awful Lyme Disease syndrome to appear.  This does not appear to be a deer tick, but frankly that does not make me feel any better.

I pulled this creature off my belly AFTER it had attached itself! Ugh!