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You are right about the hog houses being a source of ticks. The best thing to do when you clean out the hog house is to use boiling water so that any eggs are killed as well. Make sure it gets right into the cracks in the joins. I had a similar problem with one of my boxes a few years ago and it was quite incredible the number of ticks I kept removing. I put some of them in a sealed bag prior to disposal and some of them actually laid eggs whilst in there – and they lay a lot of eggs! Boiling water seemed to solve the problem and I hope it does for you too. Don’t be tempted to use insecticide as many are not good for hogs.
Good luck and happy hog watching!