I went on a wildflower hike last weekend and had a wonderful time. Captured photos of a variety of beautiful flowers. Heard some awesome birds. Saw some majestic trees. I love Spring but it isn’t my most favorite time of the year. It is a close second, though. Many people say that Spring is their favorite but, besides the beautiful flowers coming to life and everything turning green, I have my dislikes. Mainly, Spring allergies.
But, this isn’t a post about Spring allergies. It’s about TICKS!
Our winter has been mild and summer-like temperatures are already upon us. We’re seeing lots of ticks earlier in the year. So, need I tell you that I brought home an uninvited guest from my hike? Yep, a TICK! Gosh, I hate those creatures. They are disgusting, to say the least. Have you ever been smitten by one? Have you had one
love on you, lately?
Who’s been walking with you through fields of wildflowers?
And who’s been checking you for TICKS?
loved on, I think, by either the Lone Star or Deer Tick. As soon as I discovered it, I frantically looked on the internet for pictures explaining how to remove it, and what to do afterwards. Following the instructions, I took a slanted tweezer, put it close to my skin and pulled straight out. I could feel its resistance. It quickly released because I wasn’t letting it go. I then put the sucker in a jar and sealed the lid tight as I could.
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The instructions were to freeze and save it in case I became infected (YIKES!) with Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, or whatever else those disgusting things transmit, to show to the physician for identification. I am not putting it in my freezer. I’m giving it a slow death, without air. It may feel like I’m getting revenge but after doing the research I learned that ticks can endure extreme conditions for a long time. Shucks, muck!
Well, I’ve been on my wildflower hike this year, and gained a new follower to boot. Can’t say that I enjoy its company like I do with my human followers on this blog, but unfortunately, I’m stuck with it for now. Hopefully, no signs of any disease will come upon me and I can eventually get rid of the sucker, very soon.
Be careful out there, y’all.