Building Your Vocabulary One Word at a Time
ixodid (‘ik se did) adj. Of or relating to ticks.
It’s tick season again here in Humboldt Co. So, watch out!
Check every little itch, and don’t be bashful about getting naked in front of strangers.
You want to find these little bastards and get rid of them ASAP. They often carry Lyme disease. That can fuck you up for years. The quicker you find and remove those little blood-suckers, the lower your chances of contracting the disease.
If you spend any time at all in the woods, or outside, for that matter, you’re bound to come across them sooner or later. While Lyme disease can be debilitating, any tick bite can cause achy joints and flu-like symptoms, not to mention itch like hell and take forever to heal.
If you find a tick on you, grasp it by the head with a pair of tweezers that you carry with you everywhere you go, specifically for that purpose. Gently pull the tick straight out. Make sure that no part of the tick is left in the bite.
Then, I usually incinerate the tick with my lighter. If I could think of a crueler way to kill them I would do it, but burning them alive while I chant “Burn in hell you blood-sucking bastard” seems both effective and satisfying.