Camping & Survival

Tips for Preventing Lyme Disease

Young hunter with rifle on bipod in woods

Previously, I related my yearlong battle with undiagnosed Lyme disease. The number one transmission of the Lyme disease Spiron is the deer tick. Trust me when I tell you that you do not ever want to go through what I went through.

Hunter wearing camo in woods.
The hunt where the Author contracted Lyme disease was cold enough for heavy coats and pants, but the ticks were still out.

Follow these five tips, and you can avoid Lyme disease.

  1. Wear tick repellent clothing. There are several manufacturers manufacturing insect repellent-infused clothing for hunters. Some examples are RynoSkin, Elimitick, and Insect Shield. Ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes that come into contact with the clothing are dead in short order. For the most part, I have found that while wearing any of the aforementioned products they refuse to even land or crawl on it.
  2. Another, less expensive option is to spray your clothing with Permethrin. Permethrin is an insecticide used in household foggers, and should absolutely not be sprayed on your skin, or on your shirt/pants while wearing them. Your skin should never come into contact with it in liquid form.

Once Permethrin has dried for a minimum of several hours, it is safe for clothing to be worn with no adverse effects. I spray mine several days before and then let it sit in the sun for at least a day. The application should last for five to six washings.

Rynoskin logo
Clothing that is designed to prevent ticks such as Rynoskin can help prevent ever having to deal with Lyme Disease.
  1. Weartight fitting clothing and tuck your pants into your socks or at a minimum into your boots. Tuck your shirt into your pants as well. The idea is to make it difficult for the insects to get past your clothing.Wear long sleeves and put a snug rubber band around each wrist. The more difficult you make it for ticks to crawl under your clothing, the less chance of them getting to and embedding themselves in your skin.
  2. Use an effective repellent on any exposed (and if you like double coverage any underlying) skin and also on your pets. If you have any animals that regularly travel outside and come back indoors, make sure to use an effective tick repellent collar, liquid application, or spray applied at the recommended intervals to prevent them from bringing infected ticks back with them.
Young hunter with rifle on bipod in woods
Children can be exceptionally vulnerable—it’s your job to make sure they’re protected.
  1. Thoroughly examine yourself after each outing to the woods or the outdoors, examine yourself again, then, have someone close to you do a thorough examination of your entire body to look for evidence of a tick or tick/insect bites. Continue to monitor your health and body for signs of infection such as the telltale “bull’s-eye rash,” an area of irritation or itching, or symptoms that mimic the flu within seven days of your outing.

Lyme disease is no fun. Following these five tips will help you avoid it.

Do you have any special tips or tricks for avoiding insect bites in the woods? Let us know when the comment section.


The Mission of Cheaper Than Dirt!'s blog, The Shooter's Log, is to provide information—not opinions—to our customers and the shooting community. We want you, our readers, to be able to make informed decisions. The information provided here does not represent the views of Cheaper Than Dirt!

Comments (5)

  1. For bee sting cut a onion in half and press it hard into the sting. I saw this work back when there were no anti sting pens. There was no swelling and it bought enough time to get to the Doc in town. Lisa M. just posted a blog on vinegar for prepper’s. It has some bug control properties also.

  2. Some people always get bit others almost never. For sketters body chemistry has a lot to do with it. Maybe a change in diet could help a little. Change your PH or vitamin B levels.I would welcome feed back on this. This sounds like something CTD’s camping guru Suzanne might know about. I like the Listerine trick.

  3. I live in a swamp. If there is a situation where Im concerned with bugs in general, whatever type, I pick up my spray bottle with Listerine and spray my clothing and any exposed body parts. It works well into two hours. Carrying a small spray bottle is not much price to pay to keep the bugs away safely. Dont buy the high dollar stuff. The cheap stuff works just as well. If you are concerned about the deer getting a whif, no worries. Just spray a bit on your tree everytime you go scouting or after a hunt and you will find that after a while the deer and their innate curiosity will have them coming by to see what that smell is…lol…I dont really think this would count as baiting.

  4. In scouts we used a mosquito repellent pill high in vitamin B. It made you taste bad. Don’t know if it would work on ticks or other blood suckers. {we won’t talk politics}.

  5. The concept of having chemically impregnated clothing in direct contact with the skin, even with a T-shirt barrier, where possible sweat moisture could creat a further activation of that chemical mixture, is a skin cancer event just waiting to happen.

    I would have very serious reservations about the possible untoward repercussions of using these garments. I can see future medical issues arising.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Your discussions, feedback and comments are welcome here as long as they are relevant and insightful. Please be respectful of others. We reserve the right to edit as appropriate, delete profane, harassing, abusive and spam comments or posts, and block repeat offenders. All comments are held for moderation and will appear after approval.

Discover more from The Shooter's Log

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading