Tips for Ticks
Here in the Northeast we have have a relatively new problem ticks everywhere in the woods. The problem is that if you like to hike, walk your dog or just be in the woods you are going to come in contact with these pesky critters.
The inspiration for this article came from a email that Ed Hawkins hiker extraordinaire http://www.48x12.com/edhawkins.shtml sent out to people in the hiking community here in our area. In it he described how he picked 16 wood ticks off his body, truck and clothing over a 24 hour period after a day hike.
My Dad also mentioned that he found a couple of ticks on his clothing and vehicle after a walk here near Job's Pond in Newark/Westmore, VT.
It got me to thinking that it might be well to recap some of the techniques for tick safety.
First the best defense against ticks is to wear long sleeved shirts and pants to keep ticks from crawling up short sleeves and short pants. Some people treat their pants legs, shirt cuffs and neck lines with deet http://shop.vtarmynavy.com/bens-100-max-pump-p545.aspx as well as any exposed skin..
A better solution is to wash clothing in permethrin http://shop.vtarmynavy.com/sawyer-permethrin-spray-p6968.aspx that you will be using outside. Permethrin is a poison that kills bugs on contact. Please note that it is not to be used on skin and clothing or bedding must be dry before use.
Next when you get home you should check yourself and clothing for ticks removing as necessary. No stomach for tick removal check out this hand tool for the job http://shop.vtarmynavy.com/the-tick-key-p7947.aspx.
Finally if you get bitten by a tick and a ring develops around it seek medical help http://firstaid.webmd.com/ticks-treatment.
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