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Old 25th June 2020, 11:36   #1 (permalink)
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This year there seems to be a proliferation of ticks (kene in Turkish) in Turkey. In our area we blame the warm winter. Even in our field which is closed to animals we have found a huge number. they can be carried by tortoises and hedgehogs too. We have removed every hedgehog (put them in an adjacent empty field, assisted by our huskied who find them in the night). We were taking to a friend in his village yesterday and they have had huge number too, some people weeding have been frightened for their children's health.
2 men in our area died recently as a result of tick bites. please check your clothing if you have been out in the country/field/parks/wooded areas.
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/tu...y-disease/news
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This year there seems to be a proliferation of ticks (kene in Turkish) in Turkey. In our area we blame the warm winter. Even in our field which is closed to animals we have found a huge number. they can be carried by tortoises and hedgehogs too. We have removed every hedgehog (put them in an adjacent empty field, assisted by our huskied who find them in the night). We were taking to a friend in his village yesterday and they have had huge number too, some people weeding have been frightened for their children's health.
2 men in our area died recently as a result of tick bites. please check your clothing if you have been out in the country/field/parks/wooded areas.
https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/tu...y-disease/news
I was reading about that the other week, they were having to spray the fields so many of the little blighters.
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We check ourselves before entering the house each time we come back from the garden. So far this year we have found about 18, compared to 3 during the whole of last year.
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Be careful removing them.

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make that 19
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Weíve removed loads from the dog that hangs around our place. Only one from one cat. Weíve had to remove them from tortoises in the past.
I brought a lasso type thing over from the UK. Itís very efficient and safely removes the whole tick. The neck drops donít seem to do anything.
Weíve not seen any fleas but have wormed a couple of cats who think they own the place.
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Weíve removed loads from the dog that hangs around our place. Only one from one cat. Weíve had to remove them from tortoises in the past.
I brought a lasso type thing over from the UK. Itís very efficient and safely removes the whole tick. The neck drops donít seem to do anything.
Weíve not seen any fleas but have wormed a couple of cats who think they own the place.
Can you provide any details of your lasso? We are more than a little interested, as we cannot find anything here.
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Chickens, that's what you need! Chickens love 'em!!

My daughter Sally and her 2 young sons live up in the countryside just outside Yavrudoğan, 18kms from where I am in Side.
They have 6 dogs, 3 of which have the run of the garden which is about 1,250sq.mts, and 3 cats. Their chickens and cockerel have there own fenced in housing and run which is outside of the main garden.

Like you say, the ticks have been horrendous this year so having got a little fed up with checking the dogs every morning for ticks, Plan B was put into action.

After breakfast is done, the dogs are called and put away into their kennels and runs for a couple of hours.
The gate to the chicken-run is then opened and with a bit of "Here chucky,chuck" etc, hens and cockerel come out in army file and toddle off down into the garden and very happilly make there way around and genuinely feast on the offending ticks. Every day, religiously, they have a great time and when called back, they go back out to the chicken-run and the dogs are released back out into the garden.

Simple but very effective. On the odd occasion that a tick might still be seen on one of the animals which is very rare now, my eldest grandson at 10yrs old, takes great delight in removing it and taking it to give to one of the birds.

The eggs from the chickens are obviously an added bonus of which I get to share in.
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Iím sorry I canít remember where I got it from. It was a long time ago. It may have been from a chemistís in the UK.
Itís about the size of a ballpoint pen and you press the bottom and a thin plastic loop comes out, like a lasso. Thatís hooked round the tick as near to the animalís skin as possible and you stop pressing and yank the tick out. Then stamp on it!
Iíd post a photo but Iíve no idea how to!
If youíre willing to message me your email address I will send you a photo.
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A cotton wool pad soaked in washing up liquid held over the tic will cause the blighter to let go and fall away- 30 seconds to a minute should suffice.
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