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do you think the ticks will be as bad this year as they were last. it sure was colder longer so I hope they aren't.
 

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I hope the cold weather killed some of them off. I used to turkey hunt in North Carolina and i used to get covered with them
 

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Where we had a good mast crop we will have bad ticks. Waugh!
 

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I have been out scouting and I have had them on my pants everytime. I usually get a bunch on me this time of year then for some reason in turkey season I don't get that many. I think when it gets warm they come out from wherever they spend the winter then hang on brush when it starts to cool off overnite then when we or a dritter walks by and touches the brush they hitch a ride.
 

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dont think cold matters much...


i worked on an island out in Lake Michigan last summer...supposed to be one of the highest tick and lymes disease places known...when i say they are thick they are THICK..

their winters up there make ours seem like a joke...they still have a snow pack...theyve had a snow pack on the ground since around Christmas now..its finally melting but a week or so ago it was holding strong at a 2-3ft pack..i was up during Christmas time and another week or 2 in mid February...pretty much nightly we'd get atleast 2-4"..sometimes 8-12"..its nothing to them...2-3 feet storms are a couple times a year..


worked on Cape Cod as well...they get cold nasty weather as well and they have a tick problem...


they are nasty...best thing to do is come home and literally check your body for ticks..take a shower...if you have ticks you have a 24-48 hour window before it can transmit lymes disease if it is removed properly..


permethrin seems to be pretty effective for your clothing...i am not sold on it though..anything that toxic that it kills bugs on contact almost seems like it would be bad for you too...get your clothes wet or sweat and i would think that stuff ends up on you...lots of guys swear by it....the stuff is in a lot of products..lice killer for your hair, flea/tick stuff for dogs, household bug foggers etc...i just hate chemicals and typically go without it...even when i worked on the coast of NC and biting flies and misquotes were so thick you would inhale them i avoided deet etc..
 

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Many household items kill insects on contact. Dish soap for instance. All chemicals should be used as directed. I have been using permethrin products for close to ten years now. Not once, after coming home from hunting or fishing while wearing clothing treated with permethrin, have I pulled a tick off of me. I am also a taxidermist and use permethrin frequently. It WILL keep ticks off of you!!! If you have concerns, there is plenty of info on the internet.



Clothing, shoes, bed nets, and camping gear can be treated with a pesticide called permethrin to kill or repel insects such as mosquitoes and ticks. Clothing and other products can be purchased pre-treated, or products can be treated using EPA-registered products. The U.S. Military has been using permethrin to treat combat uniforms for over 20 years to protect soldiers from diseases carried by insects.

Permethrin is the only pesticide approved by the EPA for these uses. When it is applied properly, permethrin binds tightly to the fabrics, resulting in little loss during washing and minimal transfer to the skin. Permethrin is poorly absorbed through the skin, although sunscreens and other products may increase the rate of skin absorption.

If you decide to use permethrin-treated clothing, consider these tips:

Read the application instructions carefully and apply the product according to the label directions. Do not over-treat products.
Any pesticide product with permethrin won't do. Look for products with specific instructions for treating clothing.
Permethrin treatments are only intended for use on fabrics; do not apply them directly to the skin or other items.
Do not apply permethrin to clothing while it is being worn.
Apply the products outdoors in well ventilated areas that are protected from wind.
Hang treated fabrics outdoors and allow them to dry completely before wearing them.
Wash permethrin treated clothing separately from other clothing items.
If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (7:30am-3:30pm PST), or email at [email protected].
 

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This past Sat., had a handful on my pants and sleeves.

None today though.
 

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I agree that unfortunately a cold winter does not seem to reduce the tick population. I also do not like drugs or chemicals, but after removing several with their heads buried in my skin in the last two years, and dozens and dozens just crawling, I started using permethrin too. It works. Joeyfont's advice is the best I've read on this or any forum yet. Nice work, and I agree x2.
 

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I don't think that cold botheres them too much. What I have noticed is that a wet spring brings them out in droves. I always spray my shoes, socks and cuffs of my trousers with anti-tick stuff. Then I tuck my trousers into the tops of my socks.
 

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Fairchild #17 said:
Bill Smith said:
Joeyfont's advice is the best I've read on this or any forum yet. Nice work, and I agree x2.
This has been talked about for quite a few years on here, but it finally got archived in this thread:

http://www.huntingpa.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=2179977#Post2179977

I have not had a single embedded tick on me or my dogs for the past 3 years because of the homebrew permethrin.
Same here and I still have alot of the concentrate left so it is alot cheaper than buyingthose cans of Sawyers or Repel. I never saw the tiny tick but the bulls eye was 3" across so it got my attention & Antibiotics. Lyme was still kinda unklnown to the extent that the pharmacist wanted to see the rash 'if possible'...

Never again!
 

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I have used the home brew premetherin with 100%success . I keep reading on here that people depend on the cold to kill the ticks. That is not the case they die after I believe 3 feeding cycles . I may be off on this number since I haven't read it in a while. They go dormant when it is cold and come back around when it warms. And like Jim bridger says mAst crops control the population . Google ticks and learn more of the facts
 

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For those who have fears of the chemical repellants....... try Lyme just ONCE. Makes the chemical repellants seem like small potatoes.
 

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We were out scouting on Saturday.....we had a couple of tics on us when we got home !!!!
 
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