Zoe Posted July 26, 2007 Report Share Posted July 26, 2007 This happened a few weeks ago. In my almost 15 years of hiking in Japan this was a first. They were mountain leeches and very abundant. I didn't realize we'd been got until I put my bag down to give Dylan a water break. The ground was moving. UGH. Will spare you the details. But Dylan had a big one firmly attached to the top of his foot. Our destination was a campsite so I planned to look for some salt once we arrived. However, on the way it either got knocked off or disengaged itself. I was suprised at the amount of blood. Dylan was bleeding for quite a while but was fine. Since I got back someone told me mountain leeches are more bloodthirsty than water ones !?? We are going camping for a few days in August ( mountains again ), and DH reckons there may be leeches where we are headed. Although I am sure he would never think that if this hadn't have happened............ So, I would like to know if anyone has any tips for preventing them attaching to Dylan and tips for removal. I'm wearing wellies ! DH thinks soap works for both removal and prevention and that we should spray Dylans feet /legs with soapy water. No leech expert here, but does that sound like it would work ? When I went to Canada I did a lot of lake swimming and was told and have experience of using salt to remove them. No ideas about prevention. Any tips greatly appreciated. Thanks. ( I had several on each foot by the way - they'd got in my shoes. Sorry, couldn't resist. Hope you're not eating right now ). Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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