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Stay inside. Being outside is fraught with dangers. There is good advice here. I lean more to the "inspection after the fact" camp. I don't think prevention is statistically better than inspection enough to warrant the expense and time required to do so. I believe it would detract from the experience and start the excursion off with a mindset of fear ...


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I've been battling the little buggers for half a century. Here's what I've learned. Take them seriously! Most of the time they're only a minor irritant, but at their worst they're very nasty. I've twice had to help people in toxic shock from midge attack. Make sure you're prepared. Know your enemy They don't like sunlight, so are are more active at dawn ...


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Neem oil has fairly positive results, though it may have to be applied more often than DEET. malaria journal A search on Amazon gives anecdotal evidence of the oil working and being less irritating. Neem oil reviews


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Ticks are arachnoids and have an interesting life-cycle that you must understand if you want to avoid them. What this diagram doesn't explain is how the tick seeks a host. There may be as many as five blood meals in the life of a tick. Each is followed by moulting after which the tick climbs tall grass. It hangs from the end of a frond, waving barbed ...


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You can buy candles that contain citronella. I was pretty sceptical about their effectiveness, but last weekend, we lit two outside the tent and we were able to sit outside relatively unmolested. Best advice - camp somewhere exposed - midgies can't cope with much more than a gentle breeze. And for the love of God, take a midge net - they're hot and ...


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I'm a bit surprised to see that nobody else as suggested this, but powder the top of your shoes/socks and bottom of your pants with sulfur. Powdered sulfur is available at local feed/ranch stores, and maybe even Wal-Mart or Lowes, depending on where you are. It's inexpensive and you can use an old sock as a very effective applicator. So as the others have ...


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Coincidentally one of the physicians of Tropical Disease at a major Toronto Hospital has recently done a write up on ticks and how to deal with them. You can find the full article here. Here is the relevant part in case the link breaks in the future. What you can do: Insect repellants are effective at keeping ticks away. Dr. Keystone also recommends ...


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(I'm adding this as an answer, because it addresses some points in the original question as well as supplementing the tips given by other answerers, but although it's kind of supplementary, it is too long to be a comment. If that's not correct SE etiquette, please let me know, but I thought the guidance was important enough to be added here.) Avoidance ...


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Around where I live, there is a very small species of tick that does not carry the disease, but causes a very unpleasant itch. Seeing them (before or after the fact) is difficult (magnifying glass stuff). The one tip that seems to work is adding about a cup of Dettol to your bath water (this product may not be available where you live). Also seems to work on ...


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Disclaimer: I have to deal with the possibility of 'mingling' with Ticks on an almost daily basis during the summer. And generally speaking am pretty up to date on 'tick stuff' however do not only take my word for it - Lyme Disease is serious - definitely look stuff up. First off, Lyme Disease is only transmitted by certain 'subspecies' of ticks. (If you'...


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You will pick up ticks by spending a lot of time outdoors, but I routinely find them after walking across 10 ft of grass between my car and my front door. No matter how much prevention you practice, keep an eye out for Lyme symptoms, and go to the doctor for antibiotics if they show up. A vaccine would be much nicer. The socks-in-your pants method is very ...


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avoid grass and shrubs; keep your clothings shut tight, i.e. there should be as less places for the tick to get to your body as possible; wrap socks around pants, wear long-sleeved shirt, put something on your head; inspect yourself from time to time - especially after you've been to dense plants area; very simple, but still effective (saved me a couple of ...


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Most of your question is covered in When is the midge season in Scotland?. But I'll answer the non-duplicate question: Is there anything else a part from midge spray I can use to keep them away? Yes quite a few alternatives, these are covered pretty well in this question. To name a few: Lemon Eucalyptus oil Avon Skin So Soft (I kid you not!) ...


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Probably the single most important thing I do is to tuck the bottom of my pants into the socks. Ticks like to crawl upwards. If they drop onto your feet, they will crawls upwards on your leg looking for the first bit of soft skin with blood vessels close to the surface. If they can get inside your pants, they will find such skin eventually. Otherwise, ...


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The importance of good insect protection This is an important subject. The dangers of mosquitoes in many parts of the world are well known, and recent research suggests that Lyme disease from ticks is greatly under-reported and is many times more prevalent than previously thought. There are three issues: Treating clothing so ticks are killed on contact ...


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I live in tick central, home of Lyme Disease, and do a lot of hiking in areas full of ticks. To give you an idea, I once plucked a dozen ticks off myself and 25+ off my dog after just an hour walking through some fields with tall grass. I also happen to hate DEET because I grew up in south Florida doing stuff like camping in the Everglades, so I spent my ...


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Here is what I have found from REI Picaridin Permethrin Oil of lemon eucalyptus Various Plant Oils Another option is to protect all exposed skin with a headnet, long pants, long sleeved shirt and gloves. For ticks wearing long pants and preventing things from crawling up them with duck tape or blousing straps can help. Also, avoiding long grass will ...


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If you expect itchy insect bites, I can recommend a dedicated heat stick for treating the bites. Something like this: Therapik Mosquito Bite Reliever It does work, at least temporarily. The mechanism is often said to be the denaturing of the proteins due to heat. However the heat is not sufficient for that. What apparently really happens is that the local ...


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Your bite/sting mark is missing something very essential in order to qualify it as a bit or sting mark, and that is: a mark from a bite or a sting. Had something bit you or stung you, then you would be able to se a little hole or pincer mark in the middle of that very colourful bruise you have. Coincidence of all coincidences, I lived in Miamisburg for a ...



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