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Offline Suka

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Do birds carry ticks?
« on: July 31, 2013, 06:56:54 PM »
Last year our dogs got a few ticks on them and can't figure out how.  We live in the desert without any grass in the back yard.  Haven't seen any ticks on the dogs yet this year, but wondering how the heck they got here last year.  I'm from the upper Midwest so know plenty about ticks.  It's just amazing we have to deal with these things down here in the Southwest.  So, do birds carry ticks?  If so, I will stop feeding my bird feeder every day.       

Offline Doodle

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Re: Do birds carry ticks?
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2013, 07:56:15 PM »
Suka, a lot of animals can carry ticks.  Even rabbits, squirrels, mice, etc.  But yes, birds can also carry them.  But I don't know how if the bird are strictly to blame for your dog getting ticks. (they also can be carried around by humans, for the record)
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Re: Do birds carry ticks?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2013, 08:25:07 PM »
They can also be in the dirt. I live in the dessert to without grass and our dogs get them. Just have to use preventative and spray is about all you can do.

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Re: Do birds carry ticks?
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2013, 05:44:05 PM »
Armychris, what do you use for spray that doesn't hurt your dogs?  I don't want to use chemicals on our dogs which are suppose to prevent ticks from feeding on them.  I would rather kill the dang things before they get on our dogs.

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Re: Do birds carry ticks?
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2013, 07:33:54 PM »
Suka,  Doodle gave you a good answer.  Yes, birds can get ticks, but I wouldn't blame them for the ticks on your dogs because like he said, mice, squirrels, deer, even lizards carry ticks so you're not going to get away from them.  Don't know what kind of dogs you have, but if they have light colored fur you could probably just inspect them every few days and pull off any ticks you see.

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Re: Do birds carry ticks?
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2013, 10:05:04 PM »
Suka,  Doodle gave you a good answer.  Yes, birds can get ticks, but I wouldn't blame them for the ticks on your dogs because like he said, mice, squirrels, deer, even lizards carry ticks so you're not going to get away from them.  Don't know what kind of dogs you have, but if they have light colored fur you could probably just inspect them every few days and pull off any ticks you see.

I agree. We have tried sprays and other stuff but it doesn't last long and not worth the money to me anyways. We just inspect them every few days and pull them off and make sure they are up to date on shots.

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Re: Do birds carry ticks?
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2013, 10:07:01 PM »
Just asked my wife and she said to try food grade diatomaceous earth. Probably at feed stores or online. It's one if the best that's not toxic.

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Re: Do birds carry ticks?
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2013, 04:29:32 PM »
Just asked my wife and she said to try food grade diatomaceous earth. Probably at feed stores or online. It's one if the best that's not toxic.

Thanks, I do have a bag of the stuff which we use around the outside of the house for cricket control which helps out on scorpions since crickets are scorpions main food.  Have yet to see a scorpion thank god.

Suka,  Doodle gave you a good answer.  Yes, birds can get ticks, but I wouldn't blame them for the ticks on your dogs because like he said, mice, squirrels, deer, even lizards carry ticks so you're not going to get away from them.  Don't know what kind of dogs you have, but if they have light colored fur you could probably just inspect them every few days and pull off any ticks you see.

We live in the typical southwest community, which has block walls around our back yards.  We do get lizards and the occasional neighbor cat, but other than birds no other animals.  We comb/brush our Huskies about once a week during the summer to remove their undercoat and help us out on having to vacuum and sweep up dog hair all the time.  During that time we inspect them for ticks.  This year we haven't found any, last year there were a lot of them.  That is why I was wondering where the heck these blood suckers could have come from last year.