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Deer Ticks: How to get rid of

See the deer tick...Tiny but very bad for your health

(Mark Wilson/Boston Globe)

Deer ticks or black legged ticks or bear tick or the lone star ticks are very small, about the size of a poppy seed. About 1/2 the size of a dog tick also known as the wood tick. You can easily see a dog tick but not the others.

  • These tiny ticks are the ones that carry Lyme Disease that you hear so much about.
  • These tiny ticks crawl, they do not jump, or fly.
  • They sit on grass or low brush and wait for you to come by them and brush against them.

How do you get rid of deer ticks?

  • Keep your yard or area mowed and clean of brush and leave piles.
  • Trim your wooded trails so that overhanging brush is eliminated.

How do you prevent deer ticks from attaching to you?

  • Tuck pants into socks. Wear light colors so you can maybe see them crawling on you. Use DEET or other repellent. Do not brush against brush while walking on trails.

How do you get rid of a deer tick feeding on your blood?

  • Remove ticks AS SOON AS POSSIBLE and use tweezers. You are advised not to use nail polish, Vaseline, or lit matches as they may cause the deer tick to regurgitate its contents where the Lyme Disease bacteria reside. Grasp the tick on its head close to the skin and pull slowly and firmly.               Disinfect the area.



Muskrat: How to get rid of the water rat

Muskrat eating his fast food breakfast

Muskrats are called water rats.

Muskrats are about 2 feet long, are great swimmers, and are usually critters of the night.
Muskrats are basically vegetarians and use plants for food, dens, nests, and will creep into your garden at night and eat all your plants.

Muskrats dig burrows into banks and can do terrible damage to dams, altering the water flow and water course in ways you don't want to experience.

Because of these problems muskrats cause, they are considered a pest almost universally.

Your choices are

  • TRAPS: Use live humane traps and relocation on the muskrats or a box or snare trap or body grip trap for a more permanent solution.
  • FENCING: Fence the muskrats out with a wire fence that goes beneath the ground as well as above.
  • TASTE: Spray a bitter tasting liquid on your plants to discourage them from eating. Cayenne pepper, coyote urine, and garlic pepper have been known to deter muskrat.
  • PHYSICAL CAPTURE: Use a stun gun or pole snare to grab the critter.
  • SHOOTING: Dispatch the muskrats, not an easy task, but it can be done.
  • POISONING: Use an approved poison if you can find one and then be careful not to have the poison accessible by other innocent animals.



Rabid Animals: 7 must know clues

Bizarre behavior of a rabid fox


The rabies virus is present in the saliva of a rabid animal. Many wild and domestic animals can be infected with rabies: dogs, foxes coyotes, wolves, and bobcats; also skunks, bats, raccoons, otters, cats, and ferrets.

Small rodents, such as rabbits, opossums, squirrels, chipmunks, rats and mice are rarely infected, and their bites rarely, if ever, call for rabies treatment.


Rabid wild or domestic animals act weird.

  • Rabid animals often act in a strange not so normal manner.
  • Rabid night animals are often seen in the daytime.
  • Rabid wild animals often appear to be tame.
  • Rabid animals have trouble chewing and swallowing.
  • Rabid animals may chew on their old wounds over and over.
  • Rabid animals often have a hard time eating, drinking, and walking.
  • Rabid animals may become mean, drool, or become timid and withdrawn.





Animal Traps: 13 choices

A bear trap for colorblind huge bears


The many brands of traps available will boggle your mind. But the basic traps fall into these categories.

Some traps are for specific animal and some traps can be used for many different animals.

A squirrel caught in a live trap


Kill Traps: Some traps are designed to kill the animal fast, others do it slowly and are considered by some to be inhumane.

Live Traps or Humane Traps: Other traps are humane and are called live traps because they allow you to relocate the pest or take the live animal to the animal control officer to do with it as they wish...out of your sight.

  1. Leg Hold Trap: A live trap that restrains the animal.
  2. Body Grip Trap: A kill trap that crushes the neck of the animal.
  3. Closed Box Trap: A live trap. Same options as open box traps but with solid sides.
 4. Open Box Trap: A live trap. Wire mesh. Single Door or Double Door or Door on Top; You can get dividers and covers for transport. Small, Medium and Large and Huge sizes. Also special designs for birds.
  5. Snare Trap: A live trap that restrains the animal.
  6. Spear/Scissor Trap: A kill trap for moles.

A Moletrap like this always kills the mole


  7. Barrel Trap: A live trap. Small for skunks to large for bear. Solid sides.
  8. Suit Case Trap: A kill trap. Used for water animals.
  9. Net Trap: A live trap. Many different kinds.
10. Snap Trap: A kill trap. Small for mice and large for rats.
11. Bucket Trap: A kill trap. Fill container with oil or water 1/2 full, the animal jumps in and drowns.

12. Dead Fall Trap: A kill trap. A tree or rock is set up to fall on the animal.

13. Sticky Traps: A live trap. Glue traps or sticky traps detain the animal for you so you can solve your problem.



Insect Traps: 7 kinds

Sticky or glue insect trap in greenhouse


Insect traps come in many different styles.
Most of us are familiar with the ZAP...ZAP...Zap sound that electrified insect traps make as they kill mosquitoes and any other insect that flies into it. Yes that trap your next door neighbor leaves on all night and keeps you awake.

We have listed the choices you have for trapping insects.

1. STICKY TRAPS: These are those usually yellow traps that have a pheromone (sex smell) in them that attracts the insect and it gets stuck. But there are also fly traps that are sticky. You see them hanging from the ceiling in a shed at about 1 inch wide or in a barn where they are 6 inches wide. And of course there is the proverbial "fly paper" that you see in the cartoons and does the same thing in our real world. For the DIY crowd, you can buy the sticky stuff as a liquid and make your own trap...just as big as you want to catch whatever you want.

2. ELECTRIC TRAPS: Bug zappers. Attracted by ultraviolet lights usually they just kill whatever fly's into it.

Glass bottle wasp and Japanese Beetle catchers in garden


3. BOTTLE OR CONTAINER TRAPS: These traps are similar to the traps you buy for Japanese Beetles or for wasps.

4. NET TRAPS: Very efficient when placed in a insect flyway. In fact, scientists use net traps to catch their specimens for study as is shown in this picture. They are also used to catch birds.

Flying insect trap used by researchers to catch samples


5. BARRIER TAPE TRAPS: Tape, sticky or not, is placed around or along something to stop the advance of an insect such as used to stop Gypsy Moths from climbing back up into the trees to feed.

6. CONTAINER TRAPS: Any container filled with a fluid such as a saucer with beer at ground level to attract slugs.

7. VACUUM TRAPS: Your vacuum cleaner is a trap for insects...a very good one in fact.