by Anura Guruge
1/ Spring 2014 — Mar. 19, 2014.
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3/ Cotton Valley: misty, moisty morn
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Though they are on ‘FrontLine‘ (or equivalent) much of the time we are always picking ticks off the two dogs all the time. And I am sure that we must have ticks in the garage, if not the house, since the dogs have ticks even in November.
But, we did have a respite during the depths of winter when the snow was deeper than the dogs. As far as I can recall we have gone without any ticks for a couple of months.
On our nearly daily runs up Prospect Mountain Road the dogs and I have at least one meaningful face-to-face chat. Usually for me to tell them whether they have been ‘good’ or ‘bad’ during the run. They stand up for these face-to-face chats. Yesterday morning when Braxton stood up, and he had been good, I noticed he had a tick scurrying across his face. I was not amused. It was young and had yet to bite, so to speak. It was still on the surface. So it was easy enough to extract and SQUISH between thumb and finger. I get some satisfaction in doing that. Yes, I also burn them. It is outright warfare between I and ticks. Ditto snakes.
The temperature in our neck of Alton (N.H.) was 19°F at 8 am this morning! So, I would like to think that that did a job on the pesky little ticks. But, I did see my first tick of 2014 yesterday.
So just a heads up.