Bugs who think it's spring!

Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: JiminBucks On: Wed Jan 09, 2008 12:49 pm

For a couple of weeks now, I have noticed two kinds of insects out and about who should be dormant this time of year! Ants and stink bugs. I shouldn't see stinkbugs til spring and ants till early summer. Both have been active in my house. I think this may be because of how I heating from the downstairs up, which is new! Before the Utility area was always cooler. Anyone else notice new Bugs? Jim
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: WNY On: Wed Jan 09, 2008 1:10 pm

We get a few stinkbugs too and some ladybugs throughout the season.....
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:06 pm

I had a hugh horsefly in here yesterday, that usually happens when we have a warm spell during the winter. It has since disappeared, I think one of the cats ate it.
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: pbmax On: Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:11 pm

I saw a rather confused dandelion blooming today. Not in the house though.
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: pret On: Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:51 pm

I picked 19 ticks, most of them deer ticks off my little jack russle last night, one this morning - and two off me this morning! I've never had a tick bite hurt like this one... picked it off 5am this morning, its now almost 4pm and it still hurts like a bugger!
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:34 pm

pret wrote:I picked 19 ticks, most of them deer ticks off my little jack russle last night, one this morning - and two off me this morning! I've never had a tick bite hurt like this one... picked it off 5am this morning, its now almost 4pm and it still hurts like a bugger!


You shouldn't pick them off, they don't let go with their jaws and you just rip the head off and it is what is causing the pain. Its in there and now your body has to dissolve it. I can usually feel them once they are deep enough to be in live skin. Once I find one I just dab it with olive oil, keep it thick. The little buggers back right out because they cant breathe. They can hold their breath for a long time, so it may take a while 5-10 minutes. But you don't leave a head full of who knows what in you.
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:40 pm

coaledsweat wrote:
pret wrote:I picked 19 ticks, most of them deer ticks off my little jack russle last night, one this morning - and two off me this morning! I've never had a tick bite hurt like this one... picked it off 5am this morning, its now almost 4pm and it still hurts like a bugger!


You shouldn't pick them off, they don't let go with their jaws and you just rip the head off and it is what is causing the pain. Its in there and now your body has to dissolve it. I can usually feel them once they are deep enough to be in live skin. Once I find one I just dab it with olive oil, keep it thick. The little buggers back right out because they cant breathe. They can hold their breath for a long time, so it may take a while 5-10 minutes. But you don't leave a head full of who knows what in you.


Exactly.
You can also cover them with Petroleum Jelly.
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: av8r On: Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:46 pm

Deer tick = Lyme disease...be careful with that stuff.
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:55 pm

av8r wrote:Deer tick = Lyme disease...be careful with that stuff.



My daughter had it a year or so ago, giant red bull's eye and all. The Dr. gave her the antibiotic treatment.
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: pret On: Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:03 pm

Thanks fellas,

I spoke with a friend of mine who is an MD, and she said that the tick has to be in for 24 hours to contract Lyme disease. I must have pulled their heads off in both instances... I thought I still saw their heads on their bods... Thanks for the tips on 'tick' extraction! I'll use it next time.

Thanks fellas.
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: JiminBucks On: Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:24 pm

I've had Lyme disease years ago. Every (&*^%(*^& joint hurt. :sick: You wanted to die. Not fun. Lucky, was treated finally and no problems. When my daughters got it later, I reconzined it quickly and their was treated immediately, so they didn't have to go thru Hello!
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: ken On: Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:17 pm

Lyme disease is nothing to play with. my house is 2 story , all white. in the fall i get 1,000's of lady bugs and the other one , jap bettle i think. looks like a lady bug , but more orange. the whole house gets cover in the. i found out they are attracked to white , oh boy. some do find there way into the house. i just get the shop vac out.
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Re: Bugs who think it's spring!

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:48 pm

Ken, I have the ladybugs in this place, but not as bad as you. It seems we always have a few inside, except in the dead of winter.
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