I think I managed to pick a bit up on the weekend...I am guessing from the bushwhack section as it's right over the top of my left foot.
Interesting! Mine is just at the top of the socks I wore Saturday, which suggests that it went through my tights but my socks were too thick. I looked hard around here last night and still couldn't see any in the usual places so the race makes more sense.
Give the ticks time. I had never actually seen one alive - until Saturday. There were hundreds at the cottage. Wood ticks - so not the Lyme disease kind but still creepy. They were everywhere. Not just on vegetation, but on plastic, deck boards, shoes, rugs, inside the cottage and out. I swear they were dropping from the sky. Bizarre, since I have never in 35 years at the cottage ever seen one. I tweezed one out of my sister's shoulder and 2 out of Goose's derriere. And despite a lot of effort to leave them there - a few came with us into the car, and into my parents' place in London. This is going to take some getting used to.
Ugh, that must be really disappointing when it happens in a place you love so much! They often arrive on the shores of the Great Lakes near parks where migrating birds land. That's crazy that it's changed so much in one year.
'Bent and I have each had one embedded. His was a blacklegged tick - the kind that can carry Lyme - and was imported from a forest near Ottawa. Mine was a dog tick from Nova Scotia. Yuck.
Apparently insect repellent with Picaridin or Lemon Eucalyptus oil repels ticks and are less toxic than DEET. Still looking for repellents with them.
Sawyer Fisherman Formula Picaridin
REPEL Lemon Eucalyptus
Naturapel 8 hour.
I have picked it up a bit on my legs as well....ugh