Monday, November 14, 2016
To avoid being bitten by ticks
To avoid being bitten by ticks, people who work or play outdoors need to take precautions that weren’t necessary in the past. Avoiding ticks is the first order of business. Ticks “quest” at the tips of tall grass or brush, waiting to cling to the next warm body that brushes against them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend using products containing 20-30% DEET on exposed skin. (Unfortunately, research indicates herbal repellants range in effectiveness between 0% to about 30% as compared to DEET.) Clothing, footwear and gear such as tents can be treated with products containing the active ingredient Permethrin. Hikers should stick to marked trails.