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Removing deer ticks from fox hide

I recently caught a fox and it was loaded with deer ticks.
I was wondering what was the best method/practice to remove them. I pulled off the larger ones but now there are alot of tiny ones(pin head sized) crawling over the hide.
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Re: Removing deer ticks from fox hide

roll it up, put it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. That is the advice my taxidermist gave me.
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How long did you keep it in the freezer?
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Re: Removing deer ticks from fox hide

If you want, you can just set it outside somewhere for a day or two, and they will crawl off on ther own. No blood circulating means no food for them, so they will move on. The freezer is good though, as it will keep the hide cold and there will be no chance of spoilage.

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Re: Removing deer ticks from fox hide

I spray them with flea and tick spray right after dispatch.
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Re: Removing deer ticks from fox hide

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roll it up, put it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. That is the advice my taxidermist gave me.
I do this with all of mine then at the end of the season start putting them up. Kills them and this way they don't get on another one.
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Re: Removing deer ticks from fox hide

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roll it up, put it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. That is the advice my taxidermist gave me.
I do this with all of mine then at the end of the season start putting them up. Kills them and this way they don't get on another one.
What do you have, a walk-in freezer or something?

I spray the hides with the same permethrin spray that I use on my clothes. I want dead ticks, not creepy crawling ticks.


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roll it up, put it in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer. That is the advice my taxidermist gave me.
I do this with all of mine then at the end of the season start putting them up. Kills them and this way they don't get on another one.
FYI Freezing them doesnt kill ticks. If that were the case they would die throught the winter as we surely have periods where freezing temperatures would kill them off. Burning ticks is the only way to kill them besides using chemicals like sprays.

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Re: Removing deer ticks from fox hide

Remove their food supply (blood) and the tick won't stick around long. They only have a 30 day life cycle anyhow.

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Re: Removing deer ticks from fox hide

The trouble is that when they leave the dead host, if they are not engorged, they are going to be actively searching for a new host. You, your kids, your dogs, whatever.....
There has been way too many cases of Lyme's disease popping up around here lately to let any tick get a Get-outta-jail-Free card from my garage.
As long as they have 48 hours of that 30 day life cycle remaining, you're taking a gamble by letting them go free.


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