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Saturday 18th of March 2023

Hello, I read your post about ticks and what to do with them.Being a field biologist means that I've come in contact with ticks several times. Your advice is very good on how to avoid being bitten. I must relate a situation that I've never seen on the net, or even in books. Several years ago,I was birding from a bass boat in Northern Florida, on the St. Johns River. We flushed a flock of ducks and as we approached the spot where they'd been, I noticed that the surface of the water was absolutely covered with dog ticks. They were everywhere, floating on the surface in singles and even rafts-alive and kicking. Later that day my guide mentioned that his dog (who was in the boat with us, serving as navigator) "loves to swim" was always coming home with ticks. I found several on my clothing, even though I hadn't been in the water, so I'm assuming they were also in the boat itself. And I also learned that washing machines don't kill them, but then, I seldom use hot water for my clothing. I'll try using hot water next time.

Thank you for your excellent articles on ticks.