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 Post subject: Ticks on Lamma
PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:44 am 
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After spending much of the day weeding in Tai Peng Community Garden, I found a tick walking around in my bathroom last night. It is about 3 mm long and brown with a light orangish-brown spot on the underside of its abdomen. Hong Kong Dog Rescue's website reports that ticks are common in Hong Kong ("Rhipicephalus sanguineus, more commonly referred to as the Brown Dog Tick"), but for all of my hiking, which is often off-trail, and gardening this is the first tick I have seen. Has anyone else encountered them on Lamma before? Maybe if I had a dog I would have seen one sooner.


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 Post subject: Re: Ticks on Lamma
PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:12 am 
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Nancy wrote:
Maybe if I had a dog I would have seen one sooner.


Correct! The first time we saw one was when our dog was about six months old, and we noticed something odd stuck to the side of his face near his ear. It turned out to be a mature tick, about the size of a pea and light brown in colour - as is the norm when they reach this stage. We then realised he was covered in them, most of them buried in his fur. We used 'Front Line' ointment and a fine-toothed comb to get rid of them and he has only had a few ticks since, though many dogs on Lamma are habitually infested. Dogs sometimes get tick fever, which can be nasty. Thankfully they don't seem to like humans.

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