Do or Don't Sweat the Ticks.

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Do or Don't Sweat the Ticks.

Postby Bare_Truth » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:20 pm

I am surprised that I am not a tick feeding ground of late. It is well before the first killing frost here in Missouri and my exposure in prime tick conditions is at a high and yet I have not picked up a single one.

My Exposure:
I am involved in a project to open up one of my trails that accomodate my 42inch cut riding mower because I now have a tractor and would like to be able to access the back parts of my property so I might plant wildlife crops in clearings, provide access for fire fighting equipment and possibly accommodate potential naturist campers. My tractor has agricultural tires and would seriously increase erosion risk except along one of two paths that do not climb or descend steep grades. I am clearing trees along the better of those two paths. To make it maintainable requires that I leave no stumps, so I am having to pull out trees in the 2 to 6 inch range. This is requiring significant working in lots of leaf litter on the forest floor, and such leaf litter is a prime location for ticks. Yet after days of hard intense manual labor assisted by the tractor, I have not acquired a single tick.

Latest Theory:
The weather has been warm. Conditions are moderately dry. The humidity has been high. The work site is surrounded by thick woods. So of course I have been working nude, (and oh so grateful that I had the presence of mind to wipe out the poison ivy along that path). But the work is very vigorous and demanding and I have been sweating profusely, to the point that it is often dripping off of me. Were I to add soap and rub vigorously I would look like the abominable suds man! So now I am wondering if this profuse sweating is a deterrent to ticks. The only items I have been wearing are shoes, socks, glasses, straw hat, and leather work gloves. All of these items become soaked with sweat and have to be washed or at least just dried with a fan overnight to be ready for the next day. I suppose I could speculate that the ticks were on a low salt diet or did not like my B.O., but maybe they just find me to slippery or all that fluid plugs their breathing spiracles. Whatever the cause of my protection I am happy to be getting work done and not being bitten by ticks.

Ok! the floor is open for speculation of why no tick bites.
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Re: Do or Don't Sweat the Ticks.

Postby Larryk1052 » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:26 pm

Maybe the word is out in the tic community that the old sweaty naked guy doesn't taste good.
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Re: Do or Don't Sweat the Ticks.

Postby Petros » Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:15 pm

I make no claim to tick expertise, but around here tick encounters are common in the spring, scarce autumn.

What I here says, the tick targets by noting a hot spot. Sweat or no, it is possible at this time your heat signature is not enough to make you a target.
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Re: Do or Don't Sweat the Ticks.

Postby Bare_Truth » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:15 pm

Larryk1052 wrote:Maybe the word is out in the tic community that the old sweaty naked guy doesn't taste good.
Bummer, and here I always thought I had good taste :lol:

Petros wrote:I make no claim to tick expertise, but around here tick encounters are common in the spring, scarce autumn.
That never seemed to stop them before, at least until the first killing frost.

Petros wrote:What I here says, the tick targets by noting a hot spot. Sweat or no, it is possible at this time your heat signature is not enough to make you a target.
Now that seems plausible. Since sweat is a cooling mechanism and is working at the surface to air interface, it may be masking my body temperature.
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Re: Do or Don't Sweat the Ticks.

Postby Ramblinman » Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:53 am

Some people are naturally resistant (or perhaps naturally invisible) to mosquitoes and similar biting bugs.
http://www.skeeterbite.info/article_7.html
I am one of those they don't seem to care much for, but it helps when I with people they prefer to bite and they leave me alone all the more.
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Re: Do or Don't Sweat the Ticks.

Postby jimmy » Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:09 pm

My wife says it has to do with blood type. Type O is the preferred. I am type A+ and if I am outside with my wife they go for her before the come to me.

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Re: Do or Don't Sweat the Ticks.

Postby Bare_Truth » Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:11 pm

Well the thing is that I normally get chewed up pretty good by the ticks, but not while working on this project.

(and for the record I am O + Heterozygous)
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Re: Do or Don't Sweat the Ticks.

Postby Petros » Sat Oct 05, 2013 3:14 pm

He who is prayed up is not preyed upon?

Not sure it would stand up to rigorous testing, but a hypothesis is a hypothesis.
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Re: Do or Don't Sweat the Ticks.

Postby jochanaan » Sat Oct 05, 2013 4:11 pm

Petros wrote:He who is prayed up is not preyed upon?

Not sure it would stand up to rigorous testing, but a hypothesis is a hypothesis.
Well, Our Lord was a master of natural forces and, presumably, living beings. And He said:
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