The nice thing
about ticks is that they do not attach immediately. They do crawl around for a bit before that. Another plus
for us is that if it is a tick which is carrying the Borrelia burgdorferii (Lyme disease organism), it does not transmit said organism for several hours. So if you find one attached & pull it off right away, the chances are good that it has not had time to transmit the organism. The unfortunate thing
is that most of the time, you will never see or find the tick which is carrying said organism. However, this doesn't negate the advice to pull any ticks off right away. Best method is to grab the little buggers right down as tight as you can against the skin (yours, the dog's, the cat's, the horse's, the rabbit's, you pick) & pull firmly. If you have a minute piece of skin plus the tick, you've been successful. Flush 'em, cut it in half with a knife, anything to kill it & you are done. I also am seeing quite a few more than usual this spring and while I am usually pretty lackadaisical about putting the flea & tick preventive on the household herd, I've already been on it this spring. Have managed to corral at least half of them this weekend to treat them. Have also found one tick in the bed (
) so this is probably a bumper year.
As for so-called "natural repellents" - get a clue, folks. Fleas, ticks & the like did not get this successful & tenacious by being susceptible to stuff like that. If those things really worked, they would have by now. DUH