Unwelcome passenger..

That’s usually how I feel about the world – but this bit is not about me. It’s about a little critter that doesn’t pay rent, who aren’t welcome and causes worries and war in this (and many other) household. It’s cold as *beep* and the health hasn’t been on the same track as me. I’m outside everyday no matter what – thanks Mox – but it’s not something I enjoy unless I stand in the middle of the sun if there’s no wind. Then it’s wonderful and the thought of spring is close enough to enjoy.

It’s usually not until the beginning of april the beasties arrives all though last year the season started late March. I know.. there’s been sun for some days now melting the snow and it’s so nice to feel the rays on the skin – there’s hope! Something is starting to grow but it’s too soon. The nights are below zero and keeping the ground frozen with icing on top, and late afternoon is not even luke warm either. The sweet spot is noon and it’s tempting to take off the coat just for a couple of minutes. Not going to – I know what can happen and I can’t afford being sick. But I can enjoy the sun anyway. It’s like a friend you haven’t seen for a long time. “So good to see you again – I missed you!!” ❤

This beastie must have been confused or simply fallen off a deer passing through the garden. That’s usually how it happens. Then hitched a ride with Moxxi as she was out enjoying the weather. It’s ok. We’re used to it. It was clinging to Moxxi and was easy to spot. Partly the location – it’s a lot harder to find if it’s hiding in fur six cm long – and partly because it was the smallest version, meaning completely black and easy to see against her light coat. It hadn’t even had time to bite so I could just take it and get rid of it – this is how I get 90% of them. I use a glass or something with water in to keep it/them in check while I search for more. I was told years ago that they would drown if I did that. Hmm. That called for an experiment.

Last summer I had a plastic cup like this outside. Two ticks in the water and made sure they were at the bottom. Kept it half filled with water and made sure they stayed down there. Checked every day adding a bit of water if needed and they moved. Not much but they moved. A week later they came up for air! Moving a lot! Maybe they do drown but I’m not going to wait for it so I dispose of them the usual way. Put ’em on a hard surface and whack ’em with something even harder: BAM! Over and out. I don’t feel sorry for them. They spread dangerous diseases. They’re capable of laying up to a thousand eggs. Each! They don’t need any help reproducing – they just need blood.

They’re not getting ours if I have anything to say. When the season starts – when I see the first one – the “crowbars” will be where I can get to them fast. If one on the off chance dodged the inspection and has attached itself I’ll tell Moxxi: “Please sit still – you got a beastie”. She knows the drill and keep completely still. I’ll get the crowbar and remove it and she gets a treat. I’ve been bitten a couple of times too, I won’t recommend it but I learned what it felt like and my suspicion was confirmed: it itches a lot and hurts a bit while it’s there. It causes suspicion when it’s removed because: did it transfer something bad to me? Disinfect and keep an eye out for the bulls-eye you don’t want to see. I’ve tried many different tick removers over the years but in my opinion this is the best and easiest one to use. No fuss, fast and no risk of leaving anything behind unless it’s done the wrong way.

I was once asked which animal in this country I found to be the most dangerous. We have wolves, european hornets and birds of prey, some venomous snakes and stuff that I fortunately don’t know anything about. But I say: the tick. It’s really good a survival, primitive and therefore difficult to kill, very hard to find if it succedes in biting and capable of killing both people and their pets or making them extremely sick. Here’s two lines about a tick said by a famous tv-doctor: “it’s like an iv drip of poison” and “they produce more toxin the longer they feed”. It’s just a tv-show but Dr. House is right on both counts. That’s why it’s so important to find and remove them as fast as possible.

Apparantly the season has started already but Mox and I are ready. We try our best so they won’t get us this year either.

Be careful and stay safe but most important: have a great day! ☺

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