Vacuuming helps too, ya know

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19 Responses to Vacuuming helps too, ya know

  1. Frank says:

    Ok ….now can you please throw it in the fireplace

  2. Professor hale says:

    Interesting, but seems to violate some natural laws like conservation of mass. One cannot become 1000 without eating something that weighs about 1000. But yes, please burn it now.

    • Bacon says:

      Nope, no violation of natural laws required. Just like chicken eggs, which are mostly albumen and yolk, with just a tiny little speck of life the size of a blood spot that slowly eats and grows, so insect eggs nourish the young insects. For most species, including ticks, by the time they hatch, they are self-sufficient and can survive for extended periods while they search for their first meal. The main limitation is that they cannot molt and progress through the life stages (egg, larva, nymph, adult) until or unless they find a host for a blood meal.

      Also, they can’t dry out, which is why when you mow your lawn in a woodsy area, you should remove weeds, undergrowth and leaf litter back at least three feet from the edge of the lawn, to dry out the “transitional habitat zone”, which mostly keeps them out of your yard.

  3. Tom MacGyver says:

    …Tic…tic…tic…tic…tic…

    …Ve’ve got vays to make you toc…

  4. drjh says:

    i always put a few mothballs in every vacuum bag got moths in it once and have practiced prevention ever since

  5. itshot says:

    if only there were laws against tic tick possession…

  6. Hungry little buggers, ain’t they?

  7. Bright Eyes says:

    Ticks an Chiggers, turn yer ass ta fire fer sure. I used to put triazicide granular down heavy on my lawn spring, mid-summer and fall. Never had either and I lived back in the woods up against the Blue Ridge.

  8. Padawan says:

    How does one tick suddenly become that many?

    • Tom MacGyver says:

      Many movements of the second hand…

    • Bacon says:

      As the caption says, “It laid eggs and the eggs hatched.”

      Depending on the species, a tick can lay hundreds or thousands of eggs at a time. When the eggs hatch, the larval stage ticks immediately begin to seek their first meal, but as long as conditions remain moist they can continue to wait for weeks or months. Once they feed they molt and change from larvae to nymphs, then seek their next meal. Etc.

      Since the plastic bag keeps them from drying out, they could probably survive in there for months.

      • rocketride says:

        The gravid mama tick had to be a more or less the same volume as that mass of babies if she, and only she went into that baggie.

        Anyway there’s not a damn thing wrong with that picture that a mothball or a 1/2 second squirt of WD-40 added to the bag wouldn’t fix.

  9. Edward Teach says:

    Had a major flea outbreak from a dog that has returned from Mexico infest our basement. I tried diatomaceous earth and Borax and that didn’t kill them. What I ended up doing is I took a Rubbermaid tote lid and laid it flat on the floor with a half inch of water in it, to which I added a drop of dish soap. then I took a reading lamp and shone it over the water. Within a couple of hours the surface of the water was covered with little black specks. They like the warmth from the light so they hop into it and wind up falling in the water and drowning. After about three weeks (a couple of egg cycles) there wasn’t a flea to be found anywhere.

    • Bright Eyes says:

      That is what people miss. The egg cycles. They think one kill and I’m done. Not much kills the eggs. As you know you have to kill the hatching before they lay. I agree, about two/three egg cycles.

  10. Aggie says:

    Ticks have a 4-stage life cycle and they suck blood in two of them. Seed ticks are the tiny little version that arises from these nymphs, and they are awful too (I once walked down a dry creek in late summer, South Texas, and literally picked up hundreds of both. ). The modern once-a-month flea tablets will take care of both on your dogs and cats if you pick the right one, and some even take care of worms, too. If you’re bitten, keep a careful eye out for signs of Lyme disease, you for sure don’t want that.

  11. Big Al says:

    Don’t flush them down the toilet. They can survive the whole trip. Burn or crush any that your animals get.

    • rocketride says:

      How long can the little fuckers tread ‘water’ in a cesspool? I see how it could conceivably be a problem where the flushing sends them to a treatment plant.

      We have a pint canning jar of kerosene on the porch. It’s about half full of corpses by now. Reminds me of the ‘killing jars’ in laboratories/classrooms in which people do genetics experiments with fruit flies*, except those are bigger and the liquid is cooking oil.

      * You wouldn’t want the little three-eyed products of your experiments escaping into the wild, would you?

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