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bflentje
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GeoPierce wrote:
bflentje wrote:
So tell me, why in the heck are ticks so abundant? No seriously. If you think of how many ticks you can pick up by walking just a short distance. What are the odds that any one tick gets to latch on to a host? I would think the odds are miniscule. But yet these critters are everyone. There has to be billions of them. How do they multiply if the average tick never gets to drink real mammal blood?

Many of them survived the winter because it was so mild.


That wasn't my point.

How can they reproduce if the average tick never gets a host? Does it take two ticks to tango or do they just clone themselves?
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pattenclan
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bflentje wrote:
GeoPierce wrote:
bflentje wrote:
So tell me, why in the heck are ticks so abundant? No seriously. If you think of how many ticks you can pick up by walking just a short distance. What are the odds that any one tick gets to latch on to a host? I would think the odds are miniscule. But yet these critters are everyone. There has to be billions of them. How do they multiply if the average tick never gets to drink real mammal blood?

Many of them survived the winter because it was so mild.


That wasn't my point.

How can they reproduce if the average tick never gets a host? Does it take two ticks to tango or do they just clone themselves?



I don't honestly know, but I DO know that the spring is when all the nyphs (and babies too) all feed primarily along the wood tick line. My wonderment has always been how do Deer ticks survive when woodticks die off due to cold weather......cause at some point the deer ticks fall off their hosts to digest.....
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dornole
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This has some interesting stuff "How Ticks work"

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/life/zoology/insects-arachnids/tick.htm

I agree that a strategy where you have to wait on a plant for something to come by, three separate times, seems like a loser of a strategy but it obviously works. Must be smarter than we think. Maybe they detect geotrails and position themselves there. Smile
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pattenclan
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a pesky friend join us for lunch today. Not. Sure who he came on, but we caught him red hAnded (and pizza faced) trying to take off with some Pizza Ranch goodness Laughing
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sparkyfry
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After the nuclear apocalypse, the ticks shall rule the world.
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Draconisdax
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sparkyfry wrote:
After the nuclear apocalypse, the ticks shall rule the world.

Yet another reason not to explore Mars...it could be full of ticks!!!
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bflentje
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sparkyfry wrote:
After the nuclear apocalypse, the ticks shall rule the world.


There were no WMD's. Laughing
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pattenclan
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So now that we are fully into caching in all its tick-y glory, we hit a WMA in Iowa yesterday. Bubba won with 9 on his person (found inside two minutes), and Levi won with most creatively hidden (outside waistband on his diaper). This is WITH repellant. Found another one who must have been eagerly waiting for Levi on his head (my first ever removal), and one that came from....somewhere...running across my leg today. They are out, active, and hungry. And ugly. And gross.
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beagleboo
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PostPosted: Wed May 09, 2012 5:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always follow the chickens (when available) during a cache hike. Its the woodticks worst enemy. Watch yer step! Rolling Eyes
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XHawk
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like another trip to the doctor for me. I found a deer tick stuck to my waist. I probably picked this one up while caching in Bloomington yesterday.
I saved the tick for the doctor, but no doubt as to its identity. A red sore spot on me, but no bullseye.
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KRedEP
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

XHawk wrote:
Looks like another trip to the doctor for me. I found a deer tick stuck to my waist. I probably picked this one up while caching in Bloomington yesterday.
I saved the tick for the doctor, but no doubt as to its identity. A red sore spot on me, but no bullseye.
I really don't like hearing stuff like this.
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XHawk
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My doctor phoned in a prescription for me. I will pick it up soon. I sterilized my biology type tweezers and removed the head. Good to go. Very Happy
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KRedEP
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking of ticks this morning, and Jeff came home to say he heard this song about ticks on the radio in the car. As I write this, snow is coming down, but I know they are out there!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G--JyVxZmGQ
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Boreal Walker
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KRedEP wrote:
I was thinking of ticks this morning, and Jeff came home to say he heard this song about ticks on the radio in the car. As I write this, snow is coming down, but I know they are out there!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G--JyVxZmGQ


Already pulled one of the dog this year. They are out there indeed.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KRedEP wrote:
I was thinking of ticks this morning, and Jeff came home to say he heard this song about ticks on the radio in the car. As I write this, snow is coming down, but I know they are out there!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G--JyVxZmGQ


Now you've done it. They'll be all riled up now!
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