LokiDucks Posted May 26, 2006 Share Posted May 26, 2006 We started geocaching in around the October time, where it was cold and we weren't worried about insects. My geocaching team has been on a bit of a hiatus as of late, and today, two of us decided to get back into the swing of things to keep up with the competition. What a mistake... From the start, i was worried about ticks, and took along OFF! Wipes, as the container said it helps prevent ticks. I swiped some on me, tucked my shirt in my pants, zipped up my track jacket (despite the heat) and took off. I did my best to avoid tall grasses and contact with plantlife, but you know how it is. Gotta do what ya gotta do. We found two caches and had to give up on a third out of frustration. On the ride home, my friend spots two "spiders" (later proven to be ticks) crawling on his jeans. He pulled over, got out of the car on the road, and swipped them off. Two minutes later, a third appears on his pant leg. Now i'm feeling the pressure too (neither of us has ever had a tick before). I got home and ran inside as my friend sped off in his car for his own home/shower. Before i reached the stairs to my room, i already was down to my boxer shorts. I threw my clothes into the dryer for 30 minutes on medium-high heat (as i had read that that will kill any that are on there). And made for the mirror. All seemed well until...*brush*...i touched one on the back of my knee, right in the crevace.. I panicked! What to do! I felt utterly defeated. As thoughts of lyme disease raced through my head, i made for the internet: Removal tips. I googled and i wikipediaed. Some sites said to use petrolyum jelly, others said to spray it with insect repellant, some said to burn it, what to do?! Finally i found something i felt could be trusted--the CDC. Their official website said to use sharp tweezers to grab it by the head and pull it out. I did just that and then combined the tips from the other sites: i trapped it in a cup and marked it with my name and date, i put an antiseptic on the bite site. Phew...hopefully crisis averted... So, is anybody else cancelling caching until the winter? Cuz (as you can tell) ticks freak us OUT! Quote Link to comment
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