But all his spraying could not spare him from a noxious tick found in one place he could not beat – his eyeball.
"You can not spray your eyes," he told CNN daughter WYMT.
The juvenile parasite battled for some time during a tree-clearing job in Johnson County in July.
Prater did not initially think about the irritation before the diagnosis. It must have been the sawdust that got caught in his eyeball, he thought, and he could easily rinse it later.
He blushed, but the discomfort persisted. Prater reluctantly saw an optician spreading the news – a deer tick had settled in his cornea.
Before Prater could wrap his head around it, the doctor numbed his eye and pulled the pest out with tweezers.
The tick made a "small crack" when pulled out, he said.
The doctor sent him antibiotics and a prescription for steroidal eye drops. And Prater went away with a living thing less that shared his body.
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When it comes to finding new ways to disengage people, the blood-sucking parasite that spreads the disease simply will not stop.
Prater's tick-in-the-eye is not even the first to be reported: an ophthalmologist told a 201
1 American Academy of Ophthalmology report how he tore a living tick out of a man's eye.
And they are not interested in eyeballs. A 9-year-old boy from Connecticut came back from a romp on the playground and found a tick in his ear that fed on the blood of his eardrum. If it had not been removed, the doctors said the tick tissue might have affected his hearing.
Oh, and researchers recently discovered that a species that has learned to clone itself and "will soon take over much of eastern North America."
In short: Thank you, ticks, for absolutely nothing.