How HOT must it be to kill ticks?

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   Posted 8/11/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I"ve read that they are killed by heat, thus recommended running your clothing thru a cycle in the dryer, to kill any ticks that have hung on to you.
RE: this Summer of HEAT!  If the temps are 100 degrees, are the ticks outside dying from this heat?
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   Posted 8/11/2010 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I seriously doubt it, +Lyme! I think they can adapt better than us!

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   Posted 8/11/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Ticks cannot tolerate dryness, which is why tossing something in the dryer until it is good and dry can kill them. If it is hot and muggy, ticks can survive.

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   Posted 8/11/2010 10:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sure the dryer idea will work on clothes. I wish I could put a dryer inside myself! LOL I was actually considering to stay outside in extreme heat, I thought maybe that will kill them; then I read something about doing so, and that will actually hurt you--the bacteria eliminates ???(Foggy memory) inside our body to protect themselves...

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   Posted 8/12/2010 8:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Simela, you would have to have an internal temp of 105 for five days to kill the lyme bacteria. It would also kill you, don't try it!

Willow rose is totally correct about the dry killing ticks.

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   Posted 8/12/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -7)   
From the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension -
After being outdoors, wash and dry clothing at a high temperature to kill any ticks that may remain on clothing.

And from US Dept of Agriculture - Agricultural Research Sevice;
Technical Abstract: Host-seeking ticks often remain on clothing of persons returning home from work or recreation in tick habitats, and can pose at least a temporary risk to people and pets in these homes. Laundering clothing in automatic clothes washers gives people a sense that the washed garments are tick free. Host-seeking lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum (L.), and blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis Say, nymphs confined in polyester mesh packets, were included with laundry in cold, warm and hot wash cycles of an automatic clothes washer. Ticks were also placed with washed clothing and subjected to drying in an automatic clothes dryer set on high heat. Most nymphs ("90%) of both species survived the cold and warm washes, and 95% of A. americanum nymphs survived the hot wash. At the time of their removal from the washer, I. scapularis nymphs were clearly affected by the hot wash, but 65% were considered alive 20 - 24 h later. All ticks were killed by the 1 h cycle at high heat in the clothes dryer, but with unheated air some nymphs of both species survived the 1 h cycle in the dryer. Given the laundering recommendations of clothing manufacturers and variation in the use automatic clothes washers, laundry washed in automatic washers should not be considered free of living ticks.
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