Yes, it rained the night before. I should have skipped my walk until the grasses and trail dried out . I don't know what I was thinking.
Or sat on this log that use to be my favorite tree...
It might have been when I picked up this bunch of grass and hummus that was decaying near the creek.
Yes, I forgot to check for ticks when I came home. It was dinnertime and... I just forgot. I usually do a "tick check" and change clothes when I've been out in the woods.
So I removed him from my body. Yuck! (I'm not going to describe this procedure. You can read about it anywhere online.) Cleaned the area with Hydrogen Peroxide and put some antibiotic cream on it. It HURT that night. It hurt yesterday. Today it looks better. No red ring around it so I think I'm OK.
Did you know that these little critters are arachnids, like scorpions, SPIDERS and mites?
Ghastly thought isn't it?
They lay in wait for you. They drink your blood. If they were big like us they could take over the world. They are truly miniature vampires.
Did you watch GRIMM last night? Ticks... human size, could be an episode on this program.
Ticks climb to the ends of leaves or branches and attach to hosts (that would be ME.) that brush against them. They're opportunist, just waiting for some animal to walk by. They carry diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They are horrible little creatures.
This one made a mistake. This one is dead.
Until it dries out around here, I'm going to stay on the roads and dirt trails... she says.