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Elaine wrote at 2013-08-11 01:22:17
these are a variety of ticks I had never seen before this week. We brought a bunch home from the Ozarks in Arkansas, namely the Marshall area, on our 2 dogs. The ticks like white and the whiter dog was really infested. These ticks appear to have no legs and do not bite and stay on ,they feed and drop off. For three days I kept finding new bites and could not figure it out. Thought it was chiggers.. then I checked the beds white sheets and bingo..tiny black dots which crack under the nails..I gently lifted the sheets and shook them over the toilet, then striped the covers from our chairs, more ticks, same solution.. sprayed all surfaces with

new Dawn dish wash detergent, mopped, washed all clothing and dog bedding and the dogs in new dawn, vacumed and am still watching..they got on me, bare legs and on the dogs, white feet but not on the and jeans..lay white sheets or towels on the floors furniture and dog beds...they show up and let you know how well the fight goes.. IS this an invasion of created ticks..designer ? Probibly.. The itch is a real stinker.Tea tree oil helps




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Nathan Riggs


I currently live in San Antonio, TX and have expertise in identifying insects, many types of spiders, and other arthropod critters that infest lawns, ornamentals, structures, trees, pets and livestock. Mites are not a strong point of mine. I'm not a licensed doctor, so I cannot provide medical diagnosis of conditions possibly related to insects or other arthropods. If you've got an interesting photo for me to see, attach it to your question, or let me know and I'll give you my email so the picture will get to me. If you have hosted an insect photo on a website, please include the link so I can go look at it and provide a faster ID for you. You may also join my group page on Facebook and post your picture at


22+ years' experience as an entomologist: 5 years as a biologist with Merck Animal Health (I was part of the R&D team that worked to develop FrontLine flea and tick products) and 7 years as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist in San Antonio, Texas with Texas Cooperative Extension.

Veterinary Parasitology, Southwestern Entomologist, San Antonio Express News, San Antonio Gardener Newsletter, Master Gardener SCION Newsletter, GardenStyleSA e-Newsletter

BS - Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992.

Board Certified Entomologist, 1996-2000 - Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty (Entomological Society of America)

Awards and Honors
2000 Texas A&M University Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for leadership on the Texas Fire Ant Program Educational Team.

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