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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 1:01 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

What natural products do you use as tick prevention? With Lymes disease spreading rapidly, we are now considered a hot spot for it here in the South East, it would be good to get some ideas for those of us who don't like to use pesticides routinely.

I'm trying this one at present having found a tick on three of the dogs this year.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dog-Fleas-Protection-Spray-Conditioner/dp/B075QBXV4P/ref=sr_1_4?adgrpid=67008861317&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIveDQx5iv4gIVYbXtCh2hiw74EAAYAiAAEgInCvD_BwE&hvadid=334244147982&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1006602&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t2&hvqmt=b&hvrand=3955739002719060874&hvtargid=aud-614677023298%3Akwd-648213934537&hydadcr=7856_1726141&keywords=gracie+and+cooper&qid=1558530003&s=gateway&sr=8-4

Seems to have good reviews.

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 2:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

http://www.waggleantics.co.uk/

This is what I use

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 3:00 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I found a tick on Doris this week Mad she hasn't had one for years Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 8:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

We haven't had ticks in years either, until now Sad

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 1:59 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I use the same as Kathryn - when I remember to spray it on him Embarassed Embarassed It has the plus of a lovely fragrance.

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 5:01 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I must confess that I was so shocked last spring when Foxie had piro that I've started using chemical spot-on doses since then. In addition, however, I give my 2 girls homeopathic granules against ticks: Psorinum 7CH, 3 granules once a week for 3 weeks then nothing on the 4th week. Repeat during the whole 'tick" season.

If I know we'll be walking through areas with long grass (which i try to avoid as much as possible), I also spray them with a geranium essential oil based product (Anibiolys).

Some friends of mine give their dogs an English product called Billy No Mates made by CSJ: https://www.csjk9.com/ProductCart/PC/viewPrd.asp?IDProduct=57

I had tried it a few years ago but my dogs wouldn't eat their dinner after I'd sprinkled the dried herb powder over it, so I gave it up after a while!!! Rolling Eyes

This year there is apparently a new type of tick which has started to settle down in France, several regions are infested (this is of course due to the climate changes). The scientists don't know what sort of illness thay may carry so they have asked some horse-riding clubs owners to collect specimens of those ticks whenever they find some (it's difficult to use repellents on horses) for study purposes. The new ticks are quite recognizable as they have striped legs (and this is unfortunately no joke). It is expanding quite fast as some have been collected in Ardèche but also in Alsace, which is at the other end of the country!!! Shocked I suppose you will see them soon too...

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 7:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Nina. I use Billy no mates to. Poppy has never turned her nose up to her food thankfully

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 8:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh dear, this isn't good news. Millie has had three I think in the last 8 years. I am hoping that the fact that we rarely go through fields that have hosted sheep or cattle is a good thing.

Revolting little things.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 10:58 am Reply with quoteBack to top

What about deer Joy? They are a major carrier of ticks Sad I believe it's sheep, deer and rodents that suffer Lymes so therefore can infect the ticks. Confused

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 2:23 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I don't know if it is the same in your various regions of the UK, but here in Ardèche the number of ticks varies from one year to another, one year the infestation is massive, as was the case a few years ago when I found 12 - yes TWELVE - fat greenish ticks on Foxie one spring morning, eeeewww! Fortunately none of them was a piroplasmosis carrier. Last year the infestation was quite low. So far this year I have only found one small tick on Foxie's head, it hadn't fixed itself yet so was easy to remove. And soon it will be June and the end of the "risky" period for us regarding ticks, which seem to almost disappear until October and then again no ticks from November until March or April. However, in other regions of France, they have ticks all year round - where my brother lives in Champagne, he can't even walk in his beautiful garden without wearing wellies to protect his feet and legs - in spite of that, he had Lyme's a few years ago. Awful creatures, ticks! Evil or Very Mad

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 4:31 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I agree Nina I hate ticks. they seem to be active all year round here in the UK, probably due to now having milder Winters. Thankfully they are not yet in the amounts you describe! Shocked At least you do get some 'free' months.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 8:32 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

We don't have any deer Jacquie, no large animals at all on most of our walks.

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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 12:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

That's good then Joy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2019 9:46 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

My only real concern is that Millie likes to go into the long grass for her toileting and you can't see the tiny critters that might be around carrying tics.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:38 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Yup, you can almost count on those buggers if your dog likes long grass. Mine does too and not just for the toileting purposes.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:10 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Foxie loves plunging her big nose Laughing in long grass, for some reason (?) so I try to avoid that type of environment on our walks during the peak of the "tick season". Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:07 am Reply with quoteBack to top

You should have seen what Jethro managed to bring back 3 nights ago - I didn't even know they were there ... thistle heads, about half a dozen of them, all rolled into his long inside elbow hair. The only grooming move I haven't been able to teach him is to lie on his side, so I had to work through them with fingers and then 3 different strength combs - and we haven't even started tick season here.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

My little DaveyDog came for his dinner this evening complete with a new passenger - a large bumble bee groping about in his face fur!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:44 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

That must be a first Shirley! Shocked

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:16 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Unlike a tic, at least I could see it! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 6:05 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Oh! I love bumble bees, with their round colourful striped bodies! There are quite a few which come to have lunch in my garden, they particularly love my big bush of Jerusalem sage and its yellow flowers. So do the big black carpenter bees. I love watching them dive into the flowers to collect the pollen!

Here is a carpenter bee having its breakfast a few minutes ago! My Jerusalem sage has lost quite a few of its first flowers but new ones should soon replace them.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 10:35 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Great photo Nina Very Happy

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Lovely photo, Nina!

Has anyone else ever patted a bumblebee? You can barelybarely feel his/her fuzzy bottom...and the one I gently patted threw up a lazy but slightly huffy back leg at me when I did it... Very Happy

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Medication Judy .. medication Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:09 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

judy g wrote:
Has anyone else ever patted a bumblebee?


No but I'd love to!

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