Tick Safety


With all the time we are spending in the woods, most of us are coming home with ticks on our clothes and body... I wanted to share some info I have come across that seems to be helping me out:

As many of you have already seen, I have been wearing some tall brightly colored socks (actually soccer socks) this season which I have treated with Permethrin Spray:

Permethrin is a common synthetic chemical, widely used as an insecticide, acaricide, and insect repellent. It belongs to the family of synthetic chemicals called pyrethroids and functions as an insect neurotoxin, affecting neuron membranes by prolonging sodium channel activation.

I have been treating my outdoors clothing with this spray from Amazon:


This spray will be effective for up to 8 washes on most clothes, and it works great on shoes and long-sleeve shirts.  I treat most of my riding gear with this spray to kill any ticks that might latch on... I used to have problems with ticks hitching a ride into my house, then crawling out of the laundry (much to my wifes horror), but now any ticks that end up on my clothes end up dead LONG before I make it into the house.


They also recommend Permethrin as the only effective chemical against ticks.

"Repellents play an integral part in your personal protection strategy. Repellents containing DEET are not sufficient to protect against tick bites. DEET only repels ticks to areas where they could bite and even that little protection does not last long. PERMETHRIN kills ticks on contact. Clothing only repellents that contain Permethrin are very effective and provide long-lasting protection. The best protection you can achieve is by using a repellent that contains Permethrin on your clothes and one that contains DEET for your skin. "

This is a key point:  Permethrin KILLS ticks.  DEET (sort of) repels them.

I have treated my camelback, shoes, and riding gear with this stuff and so far I haven't picked up a single tick all season except one on my knee (which wasn't coated in DEET like it should have been).  This stuff is serious, and when you apply it to your gear, you should do it outside and away from dogs, and ESPECIALLY cats and any water (it kills aquatic creatures).  But given the choice between Lyme's and this stuff, I chose the spray.

I wanted to share this finding so that we can all stay safe all season since its going to be a VERY bad tick season.

Tick Tubes:



From their website:

"This remarkable solution consists of small tubes filled with cotton balls. The cotton is treated the mild insecticide Permethrin. To use it, simply place Damminix Tick Tubes® in areas around your yard where mice frolic. That's it. Mice will do the rest for you by gathering the cotton to build nests in their burrows. Young ticks feeding on the mice are killed by the insecticide before they can spread Lyme Disease to you, your family and your pets."

These have been proven VERY effective all over the country... Mice are the main vectors for the tick lifecycle, and killing ticks in mouse dens has a HUGE impact on the local tick population.  I place these in my yard in places that mice like to hide, and it kills any ticks in their den for a LONG time.  Very effective, and very cheap insurance.