Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Get The Bug Spray...

Going Outdoors? Beware of the Ticks!
Anyone who ventures outdoors, or anyone who lives with someone that does should read this article. It is getting warm out there, and ticks are definitely out and about. My wife and I went turkey hunting for a few hours this past Saturday, and when we came home, she found five ticks on her.
Always good advice, especially as the weather gets warmer (allegedly) and the little critters that bite are out and about. However, there's part of this I need to highlight:
Possibly the scariest tick disease (at least to your outdoor columnist) is one that is relatively new. This one is causes by the bite of a Lone Star tick. The tick bite (when in high numbers) can cause an allergy to mammalian meat.
Allergy. To. Meat. I'm thinking that there might be worse ways to live, but I can't think of one off the top of my head. No more steak. No more lamb. NO MORE BACON.

Be careful out there, people - you don't want to be "that guy who's allergic to cheeseburgers"...

That is all.

8 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

Wow. Lyme disease I've had. Miserable stuff. But a permanent allergy to bbq? Yeesh.

Dave H said...

"Welcome to Wendys. May I take your order?"
"Gimme a double Baconator."
"Would you like a drink with that?"
"Yeah, a Benadryl shake."

David aka True Blue Sam said...

One of my co-workers, much younger than me, died from erlichiosis many years ago, caused by a tick bite. Keep Tick-Twisters handy for your family. Use deet and permethrin spray to keep most of them off. I use timber chaps and a vest treated with permethrin and deet, and spray deet on my legs, socks, trousers, around my waist, arms, neck and hat. I only have to pull a couple out of my hide most days I am in the field.

Old NFO said...

Ouch... not good!!!

Sigivald said...

Tall boots and pants tucked into them.

No matter how damned hot it is.

Crotalus said...

Well, there's always chicken...and rattlesnake.

Laura said...

the now-deceased president of Chris's rod & gun club had that allergy. he said he wasn't sure how he got it...but he was an outdoorsman until he couldn't really walk much anymore. i'm guessing this has happened for awhile now, but they're just starting to figure out the source of the problem.

Anonymous said...

My wife found a tick on her the other day. She blamed me or the dog for bringing it into the house.

She squirmed a lot when I held her down and put Advantage on the back of her neck. Now she should be good for fleas too!

Gerry (sleeping in the garage)