My first tick

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Yep, I made it to 35 years of age before having to remove a tick. Not bad considering I have spent so much time off the tracks in bushland and beach scrub. It was in my beard just under my chin. So first hand, the tick twister worked well! If I ever have to use it on Abby or Jeter, I'll be right on it!

We were out looking at 111acres of land while wild dogs were barking and howling at the bush edge at me. It has become a serious problem for the area and if this land is purchased there may come a time for me to pull a trigger. Wild dog, regardless I'm not sure I'll be able to. I couldn't take Abby or Jeter there because of them AND the fact the local government are currently baiting them.

Just a random chat, thought I would share my tick experience!

The below photo is distorted, the fence on the left and right of frame is a straight fence that passed behind me. My Wife and Brother are walking to the bush front near where the dogs had run from the land. The Bush is a 10,000acre reserve the prevous owner donated for conservation.

 

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Nice to see the green side of Australia us outsiders often don't see. 10,000 acres thats some great dobie walks! Are the wild dogs dangerous? Do you have other nasties out there too?

I also have the tom tick remover but haven't had to use it on Leica (or myself!) yet but good to know it did the trick!

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Hi Konkie, yes the dogs are ferral and very destructive to the land. There are "farmer assist" shooting groups that can be employed to hunt and eraticate them but this land is beef and milk production in rapid decline, our economy is being damaged by our two major food suppliers making farmers compete against imports and market forces. Farmers simply cannot compete with the cost of operation and additional loss from feral dogs. They are paid roughly 50c per litre! and for perspective 1294 million litres of milk sold in Australian supermarkets last year. Kangaroo's are also becoming a problem for the area too.

Not to push the stereotype but yes, there are all manor of deadly animals there. Red belly and brown snakes and spiders would be the top two, we were very wide eye'd as this is the season for them.This article from a town nearby where i live at lake Macquarie http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/massive-redbellied-black-has-snake-catcher-ret...

This farm location and the central Coast tablelands are very green and firtile earth, not the iron red earth your probably advertised. It is incredible county with many rivers but in danger from industry, specifically fracking for gas now the farmers are finding it hard to stay.

 

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Beautiful photo.. thank you for posting..Glad you found the nasty little bugger.. I have a dear dear friend who contracted Lyme Disease from an itsy bitsy guy many many years ago.. and the symptoms are just now showing..

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Thanks Kate, yes there was a child who got Lyme Disease recently from a tick.

Things like that dont worry me too much, I'll keep an eye on it though.

Still, ticks and leeches are my top two ... that freak me out. snakes, spiders, lizards dont bother me. I think it has to do with the fact they dont let go. but the tick remover gives me some confidence.