I know a lot of you have gardens and can collect your eggs and caterpillars from there. I am unsure if gardens are a source of ticks, or if ticks mostly stick to the underbrush.
I really love this new hobby of mine, and I was thinking about trying to raise some eggs. I have noticed that every time I go into the patch of milkweed, that I come out with ticks. I was in the underbrush more than usual this weekend.
Yesterday I decided to try along the highway so I wouldnt be in the underbrush. I got even more ticks than usual. I had three that jumped on me that I brushed off. I found one when I went to pump gas. I shook my clothes out at home and checked my sneakers. I keep my clothes that I have worn egg and caterpillar hunting in the bathroom. Last week, I found two ticks climbing the wall. Yesterday, even after checking my sneakers, I came back to the bathroom to find a tick on my sneakers. I later found one on my toilet. I went to move my cats, food out of the bathroom and found one crawling on the bag of food! One was waiting for me in the car this morning.
I wouldnt mind so much except for the fact that I have two indoor cats and am afraid of exposing them to ticks. The vet told me to use frontline which I will pick up today. I am terrified of hurting my cats if they get a tick I dont see. I am keeping them out of the bathroom, but I am sure the ticks move about.
Does any one else have a problem with ticks? I may have to give up caterpillar hunting if I can not solve this. I cant endanger my cats because of this. And it is gross walking into my bathroom every day when I am caterpillar hunting to be confronted by ticks.
I dont know where to look for milkweed where I wont be overrun with ticks. One or two is not bad, but we are talking about eight yesterday. They are not deer ticks at least, but rather dog ticks.
I would like to know if anyone else has dealt with this problem and what they have done. Thank you.