I've got a customers cape that must have thousands off ticks on it. Its been salted twice,dryed,and is now in a saftee acid pickle with a ph of 1.2. My question is will the pickle kill these ticks or are they just dormint? Dont want them to come back to life and have my shop tick infested.
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and will stay that way forever. No air, no blood, no way.
they give me "the willies". All I have to worry about is getting rid of smelly fish hands after skinning/fleshing all day! Which brings up an idea for a post!
Marty,when I do fish and have the same problem.
I wash my hands in luke warm water and some Ajax antibacterial dishwashing liquid,1 capful of concentrated lemon juice and 1tsp of Arm& Hammer Baking soda,Scrub your hands good rinse and the smell is gone.
One way to kill ticks is to freeze them for a while. I have taken capes out of the freezer after just two days and had'em crawling around everywhere, but at least 4 or 5 days in the freezer will take care of them. Here in the south we have a bug that we call keds. They look similar to a tick but they come in much larger numbers. I have seen deer with thousands of these keds on them. As for the pickle your ticks are now in, I would guess that if nothing else they would drown shortly. Good luck.
By any chance did it come from Missouri ? I must have pulled off at least 100 ticks while the customer was here deciding which pose to use. Another 100 after freezing it for a month ,another 30-40 after the pickle (3 weeks) and another 10 after the tanning process. In fact he must have been one itchy deer because there were a few spots where he must have rubbed to relieve himself. The brisket hairs were worn off right in the middle of the patch.
It came from upstate New York. This cape is just like you discribed, very little hair in the brisket area. This deer was lucky to be shot. I know if i had this many ticks on me i would be trying to find someone to shoot me!