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Where to check your pets for ticks

This graphic created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows prominent places to check for ticks on your pets.

Since writing a sweeping overview of some ways to keep ticks off yourself and pets, I've had a couple of emails and phone calls about other methods I didn't include in the article.

One, I had a call about how there are oral medications for tick and flea prevention. The one the caller spoke about was Bravecto. I'm not a vet, but if you're interested in something like this, I'd talk to one about it.

I also had an email from a reader about a farm in Delhi that has developed a tick-repelling fertilizer. 

It was created at Wildflower Farm. The fertilizer was originally created to keep Colorado potato beetles at bay, but after some doctoring, ended up keeping black legged ticks away, too. Now the farm sells it by the 40-pound bag.

The reader recommended I bring my own tick (instead of BYOB, BYOT) to the farm so I could see the fertilizer's magic myself! Unfortunately Delhi is a little out of our coverage area, and I don't really want to go out and find a tick, but if you're interested in learning more about this check out wildflowerfarmorganics.com/tick-control.

— Gwendolyn Craig

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Reporter Gwendolyn Craig can be reached at (518) 742-3238 or gcraig@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @gwendolynnn1

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