we have ticks, just not that many.
in all the time I have been in the mountains I have only seen one tick and that was when I was a kid.
never seen a chigger.
fleas are hit or miss [mostly miss] I don't even put flea collars on the dogs for hunting.
Man you guys are really making me look forward to moving to Mena Ar . I've never been over run with ticks , fleas etc . I have had a go with chiggers ....... Nasty little fatherless beasts .
The heart worm note is appreciated , just 1 more thing I hadn't given a thought to.
The desert just doesn't let those nasties live very long ..... Mosquitoes in every oasis .....
Some years we have a terrible bunch of ticks so I have to spend @$800.00 a year getting the Lymes vaccine for all my dogs. I buy Front Line by the case. Put it on them every two weeks because they swim most every day. Skeeters by the truckload in wet years, and deer flys the dry years. Best part is it snows in October and stays until May.LOL
Moving here from the desert SW I hadn't even heard of heart worms. After a vet showed me pictures of a dead dogs heart with about a dozen worms sticking out of it my dog gets the meds every month religiously. These worms are transmitted via mosquito bites and from what I'm told people don't get them, just critters. The meds are a chewable biscuit that from the looks of her she doesn't like very much but she would eat a rock if ya told her it was a cookie.
Must be something yo the body chemistry thing, I can go with others in the woods, pastures and hardly ever attract ticks or chiggers and my companion be eat up. The same with poison ivy. I feel for those that do.
GNC has DMSO?!? Hell, last I knew that was illegal for humans over 30 yrs ago! I would LOVE to find some. It is the best linament I have ever used. I used to get it from the horse guys. Once, in Austria (1987), skiing Alps glaciers in Nov, knees were KILLING me. Guy was giving sleigh rides in single digit weather. Horses' knees were wrapped. I asked him what he was using and it was DMSO. Got some and the rest of the long wkend skiied like a downhill racer, albeit not a vampire came within a mile of me!!!! Roommate wasn't too fond of me either, irrc!