Tick removal

Gutshotem

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I mix it 20-1 for clothing so I usually just spread it like that. If I need more I mix it a little hotter for the lawn. I also do the woodline really good but I only have 3/4 - 1 acre so it isn't too bad.
 

KnuckleChild

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Interesting stuff. We mow about 2.5-3 acres and I saw in the comments they don't recommend this for broadcast spraying to control mosquitos. What rate do you use to mix for your yard?
I only have ~1/2 acre but I spray a mix of Bifen IT and Tekko every ~6-8 weeks in the spring/summer and it does a number on all the annoying insects.
 

jjohnsonElknewbie

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Regarding plucking them, if they're attached i use tweezers and always against the skin. I want to see a little skin hanging off the end of the mouth parts when I pull it out to make sure I got it all. Fortunately, I've never had to pull one off that was engorged.
 

WILLMCC

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Will that Tick Key work on all sizes of ticks? Seems here back East they get smaller and smaller every year.
 

Erict

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Will that Tick Key work on all sizes of ticks? Seems here back East they get smaller and smaller every year.

I have only used a Tick Key on 5 or 6 ticks that were sized like #2 (nymph) or #3 (adult) below. It took some maneuvering to get the key "under" them but they all came out easily and whole. The "V" of a Tick Key gets very small but if it was like #1 (larvae) it might be difficult to get. For me, I always seem to find them when I have no one to help and they like the areas (like middle of back) that are somewhere difficult to get any tool on them.

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marcbateman

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I’ve read that permethrin is great for preventing ticks and killing them. If that fails, what tick removal tools have you all found to work best? I see a bunch of different types advertised. I’ve just used my fingers in the past when I or my dog get bit. I took my kids on a hike down here in Florida and they got covered in tiny little ticks, smallest I’ve ever seen. I’m looking for some first hand experience with a removal tool that can handle all sizes of ticks.
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