Just thinking about ticks makes me itch.
And when I find one actually on me, I can feel the borderline hysteria bubbling up on the inside.
If I were to find one biting me - I would probably pass right out.
I really despise them.
And we seem to have an abundance of them around this year.
You would think the extra cold winter we had this year would have made them scarce - but they are an extremely hardy pest.
We are diligent in searching each other for them when we come in the house.
The clothes and shoes get searched too.
Lighter colored clothes help them show up better.
Tucking in loose pant legs helps.
And as I found out - the swinging pony tail isn't enough - the hair needs to be contained more than that.
We use the spray with DEET - which I hate - but I think it works to keep them from biting.
It doesn't stop them from climbing aboard even though we spray our clothes.
The best defense with these bugs is diligence in checking for them.
It's a pain, but it's more of a pain to contract one of the many diseases that ticks pass on when they bite.