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Friday, April 10, 2009

How to kill a Tick

It is tick season once again and that means we have been pulling ticks off of the dogs and ourselves. This also means we have been killing a lot of ticks

So how many ways can one kill a tick here's my list in no particular order:
cigarettes, a lighter, matches, a magnifying glass on a sunny day, drop it in alcohol, cut in half with finger nail clippers, cut with a knife, cut in half with scissors. Drop in soap water, drop in the toilet and flush, bite one in two (I do not recommend this!), feed it to a fish, feed it to a hen, feed it to a guinea hen, pull it's tiny head off, put it in a glass jar a lid and leave it there for a while, a long while. Smash it with a rock (especially good with the bloated ones), grind with a mortar and pestle. Fold it in half. Soak it with gasoline and light on fire (rather extreme but effective).

Ticks may seem indestructible but heat, cutting, smashing, drowning and being eaten by birds are all effective ways of killing them without using toxic (to us mammals) chemicals.

Got any other ideas?

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