Friday, June 11, 2010
Yuck. The grossest thing I've had to deal that I can remember. ...and I have four kids and used to work with dead animals.
These are ticks. One is normal size and the other is a fat and blood filled.
I've never lived in a place ticks were a problem, but now Paul and I bond with our cats over tick removal sessions. It is a huge problem here!!!
N A S T Y
At first we found a few of the big ticks on the floor in the house and just thought they were some weird German spider. I had never seen anything like it before.
E W W W W
Then when we found one attached to each cat and we realized what they were!
G R O S S
THEN we realized that both cats had varying sizes of these ticks attached to them.
Y U C K
I can't pull them off due to psychological reasons. I seriously don't have it in me. I am in charge of holding the cat still, I close my eyes and Paul uses tweezers and pulls them off.
D I S T G U S T I N G
We bought some drops that were safe for the kids but they don't seem to do much. I heard a rumor that Frontline is at the pharmacy of all places so I'm headed there tomorrow. In the meantime I've found several small ones attached to Velcro the orange one as she comes in the front door. (Since they are still killing machines and we have to check for live rodents before they come in.) But Skwaky is a fluff ball of dark fur, hopeless to find any small ticks on her. We try to use a brush on them, but I don't know that it helps. We check them every day but still seem to find a fat full tick on the floor every few days.
G A G
That's the grossest part. They are small and normal looking at first, but then they fill themselves so full of blood they get fat and fall off!
Yep, bought tick spray for the kids and playing in the giant hedge is off limits.