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Lyme Killed my brother. He lived in NC.

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I keep the grass mowed tight around the house. It seems it keeps the ticks at bay. If me or the dogs go into the tall weeds the ticks attach. I have been watching this closely for years to see if my theory holds true and I see no evidence to the contrary.

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I was living down in central Georgia. I had a big pet cat who spent a lot of time outside. On my one acre lot, I had about 15 fire ant mounds. I destroyed the fire ants. And then I noticed that the cat was getting covered in ticks. And I figured that fire ants must eat ticks. Fire ants gotta eat something.

I left the fire ants alone, and in 3 months, I had 15 fire ant mounds once again. And never saw another tick on my cat.

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Started dousing my hunting clothes with permethrin some years back. Haven’t had a single tick since then, and they get pretty bad some years, both dog ticks and deer ticks. I lay it on pretty thick.

Seem to be down the last couple of years; none on the deer I killed.


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I got Lyme in the late 90’s. Convincing a doctor to test me was tough. It took over a year to get one to do it. Went thru the treatment. No permanent damage. But I still have flare ups occasionally, mainly the return of facial muscle twitches in my left eyelid and cheek. I will say this, I had never felt so bad in my life as I did before being diagnosed and treated.

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There are a number of tick borne illnesses. Several years, I got covered up with ticks while surveying land on the Tennessee River. A few days later, flu like symptoms showed up and got really bad. My doctor ran some tests and diagnosed me with Relapsing Fever. I took the standard course of antibiotics. Even with treatment, nearly killed me, and recovery was slow, a good six months.


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Its out here on the west coast big time also. Youngest Daughter got it and it has really knocked her down. Its so bad here that they have a medical center devoted to it in Ukiah CA. We started using Repel while hunting around twenty years ago and not a tick since then using it. I highly advise anyone in the wood to use it or something like it. Also I was the first know person in California to contact Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Darn near killed me if my California Doctor hadn't taken an x-ray to a convention in Denver and two Doctors there told him what I had. That was 71 years ago.

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