Practice these 4 tick prevention tips on your next foray into the woods and stand a better chance going tick free.
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Try these 4 tricks for tick prevention on your next adventure.[/caption]
Warming spring weather brings many things. For starters it brings what feels like a new lease on life for many people. The cold winter months have passed and longer days herald the return of many spring species. Robins, meadowlarks, and Sandhills cranes all signal the arrival of spring in my neck of the woods. Another species whose arrival is not so anticipated is that of the blood sucking tick.
Tick prevention is important if you don't want to be giving any free meals while in the woods. If you want to stay tick free on your next adventure follow these four simple steps to decrease your chances of a hitch hiker.
1. Long Sleeves and Pants
One easy strategy for tick prevention is to wear long sleeves
and long pants
. Wearing long sleeves and pants decreases the likelihood a tick will find its way to your skin. Wear both to avoid ticks on your skin.
2. Hat and Neckerchief
Staying in the same mode of skin covering, make sure to don a hat of some sort while out in the woods. If any ticks fall from above the hat will help to deter them from your skin. In addition to a hat your neck should be wrapped by a bandana or neckerchief
. This serves as a last ditch barrier between your clothing and skin.
3. The Tuck
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Long pants with a drawstring like the ASAT camo pants can help prevent ticks.[/caption]
Another good piece of advice for folks wanting to practice solid tick prevention on their next adventure is tuck in their clothes. A tucked in shirt is a good barrier. Another place to tuck your clothing is where your pants meet your boots. Pants like these ASAT camo pants have a handy drawstring near the cuff. Tighten this before you leave and you'll nix that entry for a blood sucker. If you don't have pants with the drawstring you can tie them with some string, or simply tuck them into your boot tops.
4. Tick Repellent
The final piece of the puzzle for tick prevention is to use some sort of tick repellent. A very popular product is called Permethrin
. This spray goes on your clothing, but should not be sprayed directly on your skin. It actually kills ticks on your clothing rather than trying to deter them. Products like Repel
also have proven useful at detering ticks.
Staying tick free requires a little planning. Make sure if you go to an area known for ticks to dress accordingly. Not only do these parasites give people the willies, but they can carry a variety of diseases as well. Cover your skin and use a bit of tick repellent to keep the ticks in the woods.
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