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Yesterday I got my 2nd ever tick bite. I've found plenty on me, but I've only been bit 2 x. This one was on my waistline. I pulled at him, but didn't pull him off, yep he was stuck. I didn't realize it then, but he wasn't clinging like living ones do.
So I put toothpaste on him and waited 15 minutes for him to pull out. He didn't pull out, he didn't struggle or move. After that, I cleaned the toothpaste off and in another 10 minutes I pulled him off. My LPN cousin said that he should just pull right off if he's dead.
Nope. My skin stretched and eventually I pulled him off. His head was red, he had flesh caught in his mouth, proving that I had the entire head :-) There was no blood spot on me like the last tick bite I had.
I put him on a magnifying glass where he sat dead for 15 minutes. Didn't move, I poked him. Didn't move, no reflexes. I put him in a pill bottle in the freezer just incase I get a red ring.
Then I realized it was literally half my life ago that I got my last tick bite. Not just that, but it was to the day... July 3rd. I remember, because I still have a bite scar that is a red dot to this day.
People like to say ticks crawl on you for 24 hours before they bite. I really don't think that's true. This one was on me for maybe 2 hours unless I picked him up in the house, which doesn't seem likely.
The bigger mystery is how could he bed dead? Maybe 2 hours of sweating outside push mowing my lawn drown him. Maybe my blood is poisonous. Maybe he drown in my shower. But I hear that water just passex over them and can't get into the head hole area, but air can. Maybe since he was in my waist line of my jeans I beat him up, but then ticks just cling so the chaffing of jeans shouldn't hurt him.
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I did save the carcass in a pill bottle in a freezer a friend of my suggested it. Her aunt caught lyme disease and if I had lyme, I'd already see a red ring.
But no it wasn't a deer tick. Even though I have plenty of deer in my backyard.
Maybe the first one I had half a life ago was a deer tick which is why it left a tiny red blood dot scar to this day and the other one didn't.