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I posted this in 2 locations, here and in Camping, Hiking and Back Packing Discussion…

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Ticks, Ticks, & More Ticks…

I have been doing some hunting and I am literally getting overrun with ticks. Western PA is the place…

I use a repellent that has 50% Deet and I had one that had 75% Deet. Those critters I think like the smell of it and are attracted to it!!!...

Regardless, it doesn’t work at all…

Are there any other repellents on the market that ACTUALLY DO WORK?...

I hear of one that is sprayed on the clothing and it lasts through several washings—is this true and is it available, and DOES IT WORK?...
(Or should I just get tested for Lyme’s 2 times per year?!!!!!)

Thanks…BCB
 

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I've actually thought there was a decline in ticks. I haven't had one on me in probably 4 years.

I'm all over the western half of PA. From Belle Fonte to the OH line, from the NY line down to the MD line working for the telephone company. ...trapsing all through the woods and fields designing pole and cable lines. Not one tick.
 

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I live in Western Pa, and have a high deer density in my area. So yes lots of ticks. I have not used this stuff its 95% Deet. The government doesn’t recommend any thing over 30% Deet. I would read the reviews in the link. I use the 30% Deet Off and it seems to work for me. Just last week I walked down to the barn without any OFF on, I had two ticks on me just walking in the leaves. My dog and the neighbors have both been treated for Lymes disease.
http://www.amazon.com/Woods-Sportsmen-Insect-Repellent-Spray/dp/B0000CBJBD
 

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Where I hunt near Indiana Pa the ticks are bad again. My friends dog has Lyme disease and will cost him about $600 before it is all said and done. Whats worse is that he had the dog vacinated against lyme disease.
I also had one in my back. Watched that spot for a few weeks after my wife pulled it out.
Hey, they have a vacine for dogs, how about humans? I know it's not a 100% guarintee but it would give a little security.
 

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BCB, I'm responding a bit late to your post. Don't have to worry about ticks much now until spring. The product you are looking for, has permethrin as the active ingredient. You don't spray this stuff on your skin. Its made for only spraying your clothing. You spray your clothing, then let it dry. This is not a repellent, it kills ticks when they contact your treated clothing. I have been using this product for a number of years now, and it works. I also tape my pant legs to my boots, or tuck pant legs into boots. This stops them from getting to places where the sun don't shine. Another reason its a good idea to spray your clothing is because you undress in your house, and any ticks in or on your clothing are going to be looking for dinner.
Ticks do not go into hibernation in the winter. They just become dormant when its cold, and will become active if you get somewhat of a warm spell.

Lyme disease is something you never want to get. There is so much that is still unknown about it, and most doctors don't know anything about it. If fact I have educated my general doctor about it who has been practicing medicine for many years. After dealing with lyme, and chronic lyme for the last fifteen years I'm actually kind of terrified of deer ticks. I have even quit spring gobbler hunting, because in the spring ticks hatch, and in their nymph stage they are as tiny as a pencil dot. What you generally do hunting turkey is you sit on the ground up against a tree. Its just to easy for a tick to get somewhere you ain't going to see it.
Don't ever be ho- hum when it comes to deer ticks, they are dangerous, and can carry other disease besides lyme. If anyone ever encounters a rash of problems, and no doctor knows whats wrong with you after you had a bunch of tests done. Tell them you want tested for lyme.
Its not the tick you see attached on you, and you have it removed, then get antibiotics, that causes problems. Its the one you never see. Just an indication of where ticks can get. I worked with a guy that lived in the Dubois area, and his son had a tick attached inside the end of his penis. Ticks love moist warm areas, and those are the areas on your body that you generally can't see very well. So the best bet is to stop them from getting to those places. Don't ever think you will feel every tick bite. They have a numbing agent in their saliva, to numb the area they are jamming their head in.

Directions come with this product. It says the 24oz bottle is enough to treat four sets of clothing, but I get about three sets worth. Thats boots, pants, and jacket. I want to make sure its coated well. I never wash my clothes then not treat them again, even though it says you can do that. If I wash them I treat them again.

http://www.rei.com/product/768970/sawyer-permethrin-pump-spray-24-oz
 

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for years i paid no attention to ticks. jus picked them off and threw them in the fire.then a couple frens of mine told me about tick fever and erlictosis, spelling?its not sumpin to mess with trust me.they suffered it and it was not funny.it takes years to get over.

dureing tick season i spray down a lot with tick spray.i do not want to go thru what they did.
 

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Bingo, they did have a vaccine for people, but it was stopped, about 10 years ago. You can get your dog a vaccine for lyme. Below is a link to an article explaining why you can't get a vaccine. Wonder how many people have suffered from lyme disease because of some people looking for a lawsuit payday, or other reasons.

http://www.wbur.org/2012/06/27/lyme-vaccine
 

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hillbill said:
for years i paid no attention to ticks. jus picked them off and threw them in the fire.then a couple frens of mine told me about tick fever and erlictosis, spelling?its not sumpin to mess with trust me.they suffered it and it was not funny.it takes years to get over.

dureing tick season i spray down a lot with tick spray.i do not want to go thru what they did.
That is the way many people are. Mainly because they don't know the dangers of that little tick. They think it won't happen to them. Every year at bear camp I tell the guys I hunt with about protecting themselves from ticks, and most of what I tell them seems to fall on deaf ears. My sons, and my brother are the only ones that try to do things to protect themselves. I have seen some of them pull ticks off themselves, and think nothing of it.

Babesiosis is another disease that is transmitted by the blacklegged tick. (deer tick)
Rocky mountain spotted fever is another disease that is transmitted by the American, and brown dog tick.
Ehrlichiosis is transmitted by the lonestar tick. There are probably another half dozen diseases transmitted by ticks.
So yes guys protect yourselves from ticks. Their bites are serious business. You could get bit by a 100 ticks and not get lyme, but then again you could get lyme from one tick bite.
 

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DDZ,

The product you recommended, I purchased along with some Christmas gifts via the Net in early December…

A little late to use it this year, but will probably need it in the spring…

I have worked out-of-doors my entire life until I retired in March. I started hunting in the mid-60’s and during all those years, ticks were not a problem, actually never seen, until probably ½ dozen years ago—at least here in Western PA…

I have had several attached to me and I got them removed the same day they attached…

When we let our red/yellow lab out for a walk or just outdoor needs, we brush him with a fine comb to remove ticks if he ventures into the taller weeds near our house. He always has a few on him…

There literally must be millions in a very small area…

I wonder why they all of a sudden appeared in my area?...

They surely are a scourge and I doubt they are going anywhere any time…
(Bring back DDT—Whoops!)

And so it goes…

BCB
 

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DDZ said:
hillbill said:
for years i paid no attention to ticks. jus picked them off and threw them in the fire.then a couple frens of mine told me about tick fever and erlictosis, spelling?its not sumpin to mess with trust me.they suffered it and it was not funny.it takes years to get over.

dureing tick season i spray down a lot with tick spray.i do not want to go thru what they did.
That is the way many people are. Mainly because they don't know the dangers of that little tick. They think it won't happen to them. Every year at bear camp I tell the guys I hunt with about protecting themselves from ticks, and most of what I tell them seems to fall on deaf ears. My sons, and my brother are the only ones that try to do things to protect themselves. I have seen some of them pull ticks off themselves, and think nothing of it.

Babesiosis is another disease that is transmitted by the blacklegged tick. (deer tick)
Rocky mountain spotted fever is another disease that is transmitted by the American, and brown dog tick.
Ehrlichiosis is transmitted by the lonestar tick. There are probably another half dozen diseases transmitted by ticks.
So yes guys protect yourselves from ticks. Their bites are serious business. You could get bit by a 100 ticks and not get lyme, but then again you could get lyme from one tick bite.
yes yu could. ticks are not nuttin to mess with.spray down legs and torso.every morning if yu work outdoors like me.trust me i seen what happens if yu dont.
 

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I often wonder whether something that feeds on ticks is missing in the woods. I used to see many common toads but not in the last 10 years or so. Or possibly some birds whose numbers are down. Of course this is just guessing. If the number of ticks on deer is any indication then maybe we have seen the worst of it. Very few were found on the three deer that my son & I killed this year. Two years ago I shot a doe that had what we estimated at over 100 attached to her.
 
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