Last year in New England, ticks lasted for far longer than at any other point in known history. It's been increasing exponentially, in the literal sense of the record being broken every consecutive year.
>old timers say there were none when they were my age
>as in, none AT ALL, ever, up until the late 70s I think
They are killing off deer and moose at a very worrying rate, and it's at the point I can't go outside after July without saturating myself in either permethrin, DEET or both, right up until nights start dropping below ~50 degrees (which is not after October, these days). I'm willing to do that, but that isn't the point of this thread.
My question to my fellow forest gays: what's the tick population been like where you live? I've heard some inconsistent and contradictory reports from different people, and I'd like to have a better idea of how ticks are depending on regions. My theory about Maine's getting so bad is that since we didn't have the bastards until recently, there aren't as much wild animals around that eat them.
what is eating tiks, beside birds?
I’m in NJ and it’s exploded here like everywhere else in the northeast. Friend of mine got Lymes while walking from his house to his car in the morning. It’s basically to the point where if there is any sort of vegetation that’s not treated, there’s ticks.
I was always told Opossums
possums, they're truly great animals. not dangerous, eat ticks, body temperature is either too high or too low to get rabies. always makes me sad to see one dead in the road.
I'm in Alabama, so there are ticks but we don't have Lyme in the South (yet). I remember having more ticks on me as a kid, but I also used to keep my hair long and wear shorts everywhere.
Possums, bats, groundfowl are the biggies. Chickens will wreck them.
Anyway OP they're bad around me. I recall zero when I was a kid running in the woods all summer. Now I go out and get two in ten minutes usually.
I’m in Vermont. Ticks were bad last year, which was worse than the year prior and so on. I’ve heard they’re getting worse for a number of reasons - less grouse to feed on them, the proliferation of Japanese barberry in New England, mouse populations exploding recently (which are primarily what nymphs feed on), milder winters.
I just want to say, b vitamins and garlic
Urbanization, climate change, boom in deer and mice populations all contribute to more ticks and their expanding territory. Nothing/no one can stop them, the driving forces are too large. Get used to them and re-rolling out the Lymes vax is the only option at this point
Permethrin and Picardin works for me in Vermont. Except in mid-spring. I just try to be somewhere else for that time lol
It was a lab leak caused by those US Bioweapon morons. I’d suggest modifying a tick using CRISPR to continuously release a tick that breeds itself out of existence. That, or having ticks rendered ineffective by genetically removing their jaws.
Yeah right after Vietnam. The FBI identified disgruntled war veterans the largest threat to the powers in DC. The kinds the like to fuck off by themselves out in the woods. Yes Lyme disease was first identified in Lyme Connecticut in 1975, just off the coast of there is plum island animal disease research center.
>mfw the dots are connected..
People get Lyme way before that. There are literally descriptions of the rash and symptoms going back centuries.
It's more common in the last few decades due to climate change.
If you are brushing up against vegetation in the summer, odds are high you will run across a tick pretty soon. Dogs here get them all the time. Amongst people it seems rarer and there is less awareness. You can definitely get them in colder months too.
Found one on my trousers yesterday after ~30 minutes hiking along a section of trail with some tall grass on either side. Temperature was mid 50s F.
Getting worse every year.
With propagandized hatred and excessive hunting of predators the prey animals are increasing and getting closer and closer to civilization.
One deer walks into the yard? rip there's 100 ticks in the yard now.
Mice population gets big, less outdoor cats and less cats in general with the anti-cat ownership agenda.
Mice will even bring ticks into the homes.
Less cats also means more small birds, they keep up the spread of ticks.
Last summer people started even getting nymph stage ticks, that's never even been heard of before.
It's the 1st stage larvaes, so tiny a magnifier is needed to see them.
There's just so many policies promoting this development, climate change alone wouldn't be enough to cause this.
I’m in MD and I found three fucking ticks on me in February. FEBRUARY.
I'm in VA. I haven't gotten any ticks on me yet but I'm not surprised. We barely had a winter this year aside from that cold snap in December. Shit's terrible. Absolutely terrible.
Coworker pulled one off of him two weeks ago. I found one crawling on my phone in January. I guess it's time to treat my clothes and take garlic.
I know a guy who owned a hunting lease with fenced animals. He used to buy and release hundreds of chickens every year into the surrounding land so they could eat the ticks. Chickens are pretty cheap too.
Man, I'm in the PNW now, but if I did this in Upstate NY where I'm from, the coyotes would absolutely butcher each and every damn chicken in about a weeks time.
Reintroduce apex predators. Hundreds of thousands of wolves, cougars must be bred and introduced into the wild. Demolish and rewild suburban areas, only agricultural towns and dense cities will be allowed. Prohibit factory farming and phase out husbandry of non-native species. Replace all cattle with bison by 2040. Abolish hogs. Establish a single contiguous nature reserve over the surface of 60% of the United States of America. Establish two years mandatory agricultural, forestry, or conservation service for all able bodied men and women at age 18. Nationalize railroads and connect hub cities by high speed rail to ban domestic air travel.
Sounds like Stalin here has a plan.
>what's the tick population been like where you live?
I live just over the boarder in South QC. People have claimed there are ticks around. I have yet to see them.
>right up until nights start dropping below ~50 degrees (which is not after October, these days)
im in south norway and i've seen ticks crawling on the outside of my tent at around 30F, its pretty fucking bad here but i somehow havent been bitten yet. probably gonna stick to camping in the mountains further north from now on though
Here in CT, they were pretty bad last year well into Fall. Friends and I went on a hike around Halloween and we were all picking off ticks when we got back. We didn't even really go off trail, so there must've been loads of em
what is to be done about the tick menace??
uprising when sirs