[GeoStL] Re: Was speed something, Now: Ticks and cures.

  • From: "Bernie" <happykraut@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2003 08:52:45 -0500

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  I knew that Bear would upstage me. Brawny you're the best.  Bernie


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Seed ticks.. They are the offspring that hatch just before fall. Chiggers
also are really bad this time of the year. Everything is getting ready for
the winter months. Seed ticks are just nymphs of the more common Lone Star
and Deer ticks. Some like to think of seed ticks as a species of tick but
they are not. Interesting enough, the more common tick can live for 14 - 20
months without a host. So these small nymphs were just looking for something
to attach to.. You must have been it!

Another thing to keep in mind about ticks is they tend to move around more
on hot humid days. Cooler days will keep them on the ground. Humidity seems
to be what motivates them.

Chiggers are the really pesky ones. They tend to thrive on humidity and love
lush vegetation. Chiggers are only active in their nymph stage as they tend
to be quite happy with plants when they reach adulthood.

Cures for chiggers and ticks is about the same. Barring you get Lyme or
Rocky Mountain Spotted fever, just a good stick of Bendryl or any
hydrocortisone 2% will work. I prefer the cream. It does 2 things. 1) blocks
airflow and 2) provides itch relief of the area for a while.

Of course, the first action should be antiseptic wipes when you remove a
tick. If you want it tested, there are several good labs that will test it.
I just wait for the symptoms and then it confirms that I have lyme disease.
:-)

See.. http://www.lymealliance.org/tick/scapularis.php for more tick details!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Eric & Dayna East" <lichanura@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 6:57 AM
Subject: [GeoStL] Re: Does Geocaching Speed up or slow down in fall?


> -
> As much as I hate winter, I have to say that winter caching is great. Many
of my 200+ caches
> were done in winter/cooler months. I agree with Mike, ticks & chiggers
coupled with the heat
> slows or deters many peoples progress.
>
> Speaking of ticks & chiggers, Dayna & I were camping this past weekend in
Danville
> Conservation Area & did the Hermann area caches. We came up with the worst
case of bites we've
> EVER had. We both have well over 100 bites. The itch is beginning to
subside but not yet gone.
> Any recommendations for relief? We've tried alcohol, bite back & clear
fingernail polish.
> Also, these ticks (I assume they were ticks) were sooooo small. I've seen
small ticks before
> but, these were almost too small to make out any identifying features. The
other odd thing
> about them is that at one point, I was covered with literally 100's of
these critters; it
> looked like a swarm of bees!!!
>
> Thanks & God bless!
>
> Eric
>
> Mike Griffin wrote:
>
> > -
> > Dave, I too like to cache year round but my fav season has got to be
Winter.
> > Usually there is no one else around and I can cover more miles without
the
> > heat exhaustion factor. I also like the no tick or chigger factor.
> >
> > Mike
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Dave Keiser" <dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > To: <geocaching@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2003 10:51 PM
> > Subject: [GeoStL] Does Geocaching Speed up or slow down in fall?
> >
> > > -
> > > I have a silly question.
> > >
> > > Seems like the summer heat, plus ticks and mosquitoes kept a lot of
> > > cachers out of the woods and finding fewer caches in the summer.
> > >
> > > Now the weather is nicer, but the sun is going down sooner.  There's
> > > less daylight to cache.
> > >
> > > So, since I started caching in late March, I don't know about the
> > > seasonal flux, but do more people cache in the fall/spring than
> > > summer/winter?  What season sees the most caching?
> > >
> > > Just curious...
> > >
> > > Dave (fullquiver)
> > >
> > >
> >
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