It is certainly that time of year again. Nature Reliance School instructor Tracy Trimble was the first of our bunch to get ticks on him this year, over two weeks ago. I got my first one on me this past Friday. If you are spending more time outside with the warmer weather, you need to start taking precautions to avoid them.
I wanted to dwindle some of my experience down into some easy to digest pieces of advice. Everyone in my family contracted Lyme disease several years ago during a day hike into an area that was evidently infested with them. Each of us ended up with well over one hundred tiny, embedded ticks that needed to be removed. Nevertheless, I have studied and learned a lot from that experience.
#1 – This is the most important. Avoid areas that are highly likely to contain ticks, this particularly means areas with thick vegetation. Ticks hang out on vegetation, particular that which is above the ankle waiting on someone or something to come by where they then hitch a ride. If you can avoid these areas then please do.
#2 – Where light colored clothing if at all possible when visiting the outdoors. Colors do not necessarily attract or repel ticks, but they do make it much easier to see and then get them off of you.
#3 – Wear long sleeve shirts and pants. Here is the deal, your first thought is “I will be too hot”. Nonsense, soak your shirt with water and let it assist in cooling you. Longer shirts and pants help to keep the ticks off of your skin and entry points that make it easier for you to see them.
#4 – Wear a hat that. It is too easy for these little guys to get in your hair and hide. Check yourself regularly for these guys…this includes stopping during hikes to look for them. They like to hide around your waistline, in your hair, and around your armpits.
#5 – Spray your clothes and shoes before you go out in permethrin. DO NOT USE IT ON YOUR SKIN. If you want to double up on it all then use some spray made for human use such as DEET. Both of these chemicals are dangerous if not used according to the instructions.
I certainly hope that helps. In this videos, I go into some discussion I had with an entomologist about ticks as well as discuss permethrin use. We have A LOT of experience in the woods and have made some mistakes and learned from them…I hope it serves to help you not make the same mistakes!
You can order the same exact stuff we use with great success right here: Sawyer Permethrin,
Come on join in, let’s learn together!