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    Les Stroud

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    Im glad i found this thread, Ive had 5 tick bites over a month, I get at least one every time I go into the bush, they are what I pressume as, Kangaroo ticks, very small red round insects, I freaked out initially and went to the doctors, he gave me one hit of antibiotics from a card of 5, so a few spare, I was concerned about Lymes Disease (as a collegue contracted it and had a terrible and expensive time with it but is now pretty much ok 3 years or so on). Now I just seem a bit "oh whatever" take tweezers out with me, rub anti septic on the entry point and do all the preventives mentioned above, minus the wide brimmed hat, just a cap. I researched further and stumbled on bush walking blogs where hikers talk about pulling out 15 ticks a day aas though it was nothing and started to relax, I'm still a little concerned though, any thoughts?

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    I know of a cadet who got nearly 50 over the course of a week. Slept very close to a grass tree. Never told anyone until last day of camp. We all reckon it was because he was a tick magnet.
    From what I gather, they basically used a tick lassoo and pulled them off, then antiseptic wipe. I might be wrong. It was a few years ago now.
    WA ticks are different to those in the east. No paralysis ticks, just kangaroo and salt n pepper ticks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloffy13 View Post
    I know of a cadet who got nearly 50 over the course of a week. Slept very close to a grass tree. Never told anyone until last day of camp. We all reckon it was because he was a tick magnet.
    From what I gather, they basically used a tick lassoo and pulled them off, then antiseptic wipe. I might be wrong. It was a few years ago now.
    WA ticks are different to those in the east. No paralysis ticks, just kangaroo and salt n pepper ticks.
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    so pretty harmless, despite the itching? Cheers Bloffy!

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    Ive pinched a pair of tweezers from work (major hospital) that are ideal for med to larger ticks. They are an L like shape and ive ground them down just enough to make it a little easier to get under the body. My better half has used them on me a couple of times this year along the south coast tathra to bermagui area. Ive been lucky enough (or im just a bit soft) to feel them bite into me each time so its only minutes at longest before they get pulled. I use them on my dog too.
    Ive always used the clock wise twist but have read that it should be straight pull or anti clockwise or left to a pro. But ive seen the effect of paralysis ticks and I really dont like leaving them in long enough to get to a DR. Esp when a few hours deep in the scrub.

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    Aerostart has been recommended. Teenagers use 'ventolin' sprays and other aerosols to freeze each other, so why can't almost any aerosol be used to freeze a tick? Some will work better than others.

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    I believe Aerostart works because it has ether in it. I imagine not all aerosols will work if that is the case.


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