Buying Country Farm Property 26 acres, how do I deal with Ticks and Lyme

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TOguy
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   Posted 1/7/2010 2:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I am just buying 26 acres of land with barn and home on it and it does have alot of wildlife around it ,like deer ,coyotes,Ill have a few dogs, the ticks and getting bit again is scaring the hell out of me confused  anyone living in the country? what are my chances of getting lyme for the second time out here?, I do love the country and nature,This is my Dream home, I just dont want to walk around my property with fear, can I spray for ticks around my home? any advice would be great
 
 
     Respectfully,JB


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   Posted 1/7/2010 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Get you a flock of guineas. They will eat anything that looks like a tick. They will help.

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   Posted 1/7/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi JB,
 
I look at it this way:  people who live in cities such as Manhattan get tick bites (lyme disease) so I don't think it matters where one lives. 
 
I wouldn't spray the property, I would just use a product to spray yourself... I forgot the name of the product I used last summer but it worked pretty good!  I don't know anything about guineas but I have heard they do eat ticks. 
 
Your country farm sounds beautiful, good luck with it!!  yeah
Denise
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TOguy
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   Posted 1/7/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Thanks for the wishes and advice Denise, flock of guineas you say! , I just googled them and they do eat every bug insite, I like them and they are protective also they say about snakes they will kill or ward off, so all i need is some good guineas , and some spray for myself and I can walk a bit more with ease on my land, cool!

http://www.backyardpoultrymag.com/issues/1/1-1/Jeannette_Ferguson.html
 
 
     Respectfully,JB


Dowa
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   Posted 1/7/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Chickens will work as well, and they are alot quieter. lol They will also take care of the snakes. That I found out by accident as my yard was overrun with garter snakes and the year after getting my chickens they were gone completely.

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   Posted 1/7/2010 10:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I live in a rural area and have an acre of woods and many, many trees around my house. Lots of deer, coons, possum, fox....etc.
I also have four cats and because I hardly ever walk in the woods I know one of them brought in the tick that got me. That was last Summer and I no longer let my cats out. I too live in fear of this disease and if I feel sick and am running a fever I take doxycycline right away. Better safe than sorry.

Your biggest risk will be your pets. Even if you use Frontline a deer tick could be hanging on the tips of their fur and easily drop off in the house and there is really not much you can do except keep your dogs out of the wooded areas.

For yourself: Spray your shoes, socks, pant legs, hair and hat with Deet.
You can also remove your clothes and put them in a dryer which will kill ticks. Interestingly ticks can survive a washing machine, but not the heat of a dryer.
And then of course do a body check in a bright light.
Not easy because the nymphs, which are usually the ones that infect us are so darn hard to see being no bigger that the period at the end of this sentence.

pickenpox is right about Guinea Hens, it's a fact they are great for ridding your property of ticks and other bugs, but they can be noisy.

Good luck. Your 26 acres with barn and house sound wonderful.

Jane
 
Edited to say: I didn't know about chickens, good idea they are quieter and fresh eggs too. :-)


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CajunGrl
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   Posted 1/8/2010 2:47 AM (GMT -7)   
ToGuy: Congrats on the property and new home! It sounds amazing:)


McJane: Great advice! Guineas are pretty load. I remember my neighbor had some when I was little and they would fly over her fence and make racket right by my window, lol. I swear, it's like they knew when I was sleeping. If it does the trick though, it is worth the noise. Btw, are you still feeling okay?
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Harleyrider
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   Posted 1/8/2010 6:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Toguy

Google "Natural way to keep ticks out of yard"

comes up with so many different choices
 


TOguy
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   Posted 1/8/2010 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks all for some good tips,Ill google that Harleyrider!,
do the chickens do the same job as guineas ,EAT TICKS!!, or do guineas eat more ticks then the chickens ,Lol, the fresh eggs im looking forward to very much, love those country breakfasts,MMMM
my property has about 4 acres cleared which is all around home and the wood area is to the back , you would have to walk into wooded area, so my home is not surrounded by woods,Mcjane I think your right about the pets, they worry me especialy my dogs, will tick collars on pets do away with ticks ?,also vets have that liquid you put on the back of there necks under their fur,will that kill those buggers and keep them off pets?, im thinking ill put up a deer fence arround the cleared area, have grassed cut very short through summer, and asphalt as much of the driveways in front of homes and barns,garage as I can ,it has alot of stone driveways to the 2 homes one being a guest home,a big driveway to barn and another to a garage ,so i can walk on the black brick road lol,sort of speak to get daily axcess to my areas, and add chickens and or guineas ,do the two get along maybe we can add both together,
well i should be well armed along with deeting myself,I might aswell just invent a jump suit to where under my clothes to keep from being bit, lol that might be a good idea, something light ticks cant penetrate so i can enjoy my land

Cajungrl, i am getting better not there 100% yet , its been a long struggle, still looking for that silver bullet,just finished cowden with no success, but I am able to lift do daily light work, move into a new home , do home outdoor chores, the busier I keep the better i feel, the winters seem to be worse as I dont get to go out and work around home as much
 
 
     Respectfully,JB


CajunGrl
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   Posted 1/8/2010 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
ToGuy,

That's great to hear! I'm so glad you are able to get out of the house and do some moving around. It's nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors.
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TOguy
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   Posted 1/8/2010 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Cajungrl

I was at a point in my life that I was not able to do much and confined to my home most of the time, thats when I was on abx's they seem to weaken me more then benefit me, if I were to go back on as I tried last summer for one month, I couldnt do much or nor did i feel like doing much, I think my system handles natural remedies better then the abx's, though in the beginning abx's did seem to help alot

hope you feel better soon so you can enjoy the outdoors as well , I know how hard it is when the weather is nice everyone is outside going on with their lives and we are stuck confined inside our homes and the only freedom we have is our computer and this support group that keeps us going,keep up the good work:)
 
 
     Respectfully,JB


CajunGrl
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   Posted 1/8/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much!
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mcjane
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   Posted 1/8/2010 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cajun,
I'm feeling fine and have made a complete recovery from Lyme, a blessing for catching it early.

Now I'm facing getting sick again when I start radiation for breast cancer not to mention the five years of hormone therapy (opposite of HRT) which can and does have side effects that are very similar to chronic Lyme.
I'm putting off starting and and can't put it off much longer.

Thanks for asking about me, was very touched by your concern when I know what your going through.

Jane

PS: Said it before and will say it again. I would rather have BC than Lyme. My heart goes out to all that have the nastiest of diseases...Chronic Lyme.
The greatness of a nation is judged by the way it treats its animals.
 
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