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