Ticks on the Loose! 7 Ways to Prevent Tick Bites
Having lived in the woods (in a tick infested area) for up to 40 days – and not getting any tick bites… Here are 7 things YOU Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of getting a tick bite…
1 – Double Treat ALL of your outer clothing (and your boots / shoes) with Sawyer Permethrin – When used properly on clothing – Ticks often just die when they come in contact with clothing treated with this stuff (I watched it happen a few days ago – it was awesome). Sawyer Permethrin is lethal to ticks (and lasts through many washings of your clothes) yet it is safe for humans if applied according to the instructions – Here’s a link: http://tinyurl.com/Permethrin-
2 – Wear a hat treated with Permethrin – Ticks will often drop out of tree onto your head. If your head is covered with a Permethrin treated hat – this reduces your risk.
3 – Wear a long sleeve shirt (even a thin one) treated with Permethrin. The idea here is to keep as much of your skin covered as possible.
4 – Tuck in your shirt – this keeps ticks from getting at your skin by crawling up under your shirt.
5 – Tuck your pants into your boots or into your socks (if you have low-cut shoes or boots). This can keep ticks from crawling up your boots, onto your legs. You can also use military style boot blouses (my favorite solution). Here is a link: http://tinyurl.com/Boot-
6 – Wear a Permethrin treated neckerchief or Buff Headwear around your neck. I wear the Buff “Duck Blind” camo. This will help to keep ticks from getting inside your shirt from the top. http://tinyurl.com/Buff-
7 – Use common sense. Stay clear of… or move quickly through areas that are known to be tick infested.
The bottom line – Minimize skin exposure. Close up all areas ticks can get to your skin. Treat clothes properly with Permethrin.
Hope this helps! ~David