Since my husband had the day off today, we decided to go on a hike at the Las Virgenes Open Space Reserve in the Santa Monica Mountains (CA). It was beautiful, we saw several birds of pray, butterflies, wildflowers and gorgeous scenery.
As we were driving back down the coast, I saw this weird leaf on my dogs head. I grabbed it. I started to freak out when it moved. I proceeded to shriek like a little girl. My husband pulled over and inspected this weird leaf. Turns out it was a tick.
We then saw another one on the seat below her and one crawling on her back. We removed them and threw them out of the car.
Over the course of the next couple of hours, we removed more than 20 ticks from our doggie. Yes more than 20. Luckily, they were just dog ticks and not the blacklegged (deer) ticks that carry lyme disease.
One good thing that came out of this is that I figured out a fairly easy way of getting the ticks of our dog. Just rub the tick vigorously on its back. After a few moments (about 30 or so seconds) it’ll just dislodge itself and then you can just pluck it off. My husband just used his fingernails to dig at it, but I prefer to rub the tick with a paper towel until I could pick it up, thus keeping my hands free from touching the ticks (yuck). Out of curiosity, I Googled methods to remove ticks and this came up as one… http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-remove-a-tick/.
If you’re unfortunate to have a large amount of them, you’ll want to have a bowl ready to put them in so they die. Fill a small bowl with about 1/2 cup of vinegar and a very long squirt of dish washing soap. The ticks will die in the vinegar and the dish washing soap will prevent them from floating on the surface or climbing out the side of the bowl. Helpful hint: If you have fruit flies, leave the bowl out overnight and you’ll have a collection of them in there in the morning (although this method works best for fruit flies or gnats with apple cider vinegar).
No chemicals, no accidentally burning your beloved pet!