Anne Kilmer viceroy at gate.net
Sun Aug 9 14:03:32 EDT 1998

Ted Ryznar wrote:
> I would like some info on ticks. These were small brown ticks that seem to
> be native to some parts of Virginia. The realtor called them seed ticks
> which I am sure is a very unofficial name for them. We were covered with
> them while walking a piece of property. Do they, or can they, also carry
> lyme disease? any way to prevent them from getting on you etc.

They do, indeed, carry Lyme disease. There's a vaccine ... is it out 
Also, wear long pants, long sleeves, and duct-tape your pants to your 
shoes if you're going through long grass, weeds or brush. 
Cast aside modesty when you undress (and do so promptly when you go 
home) and check each other for the little critters. They dig down. 
Before you undress, however, just dab around on the outside of your 
clothes with the sticky duct tape and you'll collect thousands of them, 
waving their little legs in the air. They will survive that way for 
months, so it would be kindly of you to toss the tape in the fire. 
I don't know how Adam and Eve survived without duct tape; it does 
Anne Kilmer
South Florida

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