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Old 03-13-2018, 11:30 AM   #1
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We got back yesterday from a cool 5 days at Salt Springs Recreation Area, a beautiful FHU RV park/campground in the Ocala Nat'l Forest. With a Golden Age pass it's a bargain at $19/night.
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We stayed there a few years ago and it was the only place I have stayed at that I got ticks on me. My Yorkie also got ticks.

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We have stayed there many times. Very nice park and neither our dogs or either of us ever got ticks from there. Must just be a Tick Magnet...
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Old 03-14-2018, 07:51 AM   #6
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We stayed there a few years ago and it was the only place I have stayed at that I got ticks on me. My Yorkie also got ticks.
Same with us... I had one and one of our yorkies had a couple.

But, that only happened once, still a nice place to go .
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:26 AM   #7
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I haven't stayed there because the campground is a little crowded for my taste, but the Bear Swamp trail adjacent to the campground is a beautiful 2 mile walk, partly on a boardwalk.

I too, have found a lot of ticks there (on more than one occasion), but spraying on repellent will keep them away.

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Ticks suck (pun intended) but when you go south, they are just part of the package--red bugs (chiggers) too. Seed ticks are the worse because they are so tiny.

It's creepy, but it's also a manageable problem. Get repellent for yourself and a good product for your pets. Apply the repellent liberally to your legs and check them after any passage through ankle high grass or brush. When you get back to the RV, check everywhere. They like the nooks and crannies (crotch and underarms for example)

Some ticks inhabit low hanging tree branches so keep that in mind. Wearing white socks can make them easier to spot. Check your pets too on a regular interval.

Fortunately Lyme disease is not as widespread down south, but it can happen: https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/maps.html

If you find one on your body, don't just rip it out. Sometimes the head will remain and cause an infection. My mom always put some fingernail polish on it, which made it let go. Then it got the match. :-)

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Are you talking about the Salt Springs CG in the Ocala Natl Forest? I consider it one of the least crowded cgs with the larger sites of the cgs we have seen? Nice and quiet.
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Very nice park but reservations are almost impossible to get during the winter months.
They open more spots to reservations after April 15 and will start a two week max stay then.
Before then you can stay as long as you want by simply renewing your spot for 2 weeks at a time. Even walk ups are full every day.
Apparently the new management is trying to make more available to more people.

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