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Old 05-13-2012, 08:35 PM
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I' have Lyme disease & it's no fun. I never seem to be able to get rid of it. Whenever I take the western blot test I show up positive for 2 antibodies.
That said, I trail with my dog & we go thru some heavy brush sometimes & I tuck the pants into the socks , use Ben's repellant 100% Deet & I still get them on me.
Hey Boz, I was told the worst thing you can do is coat the tick or try to burn them to let go. That makes them transfer saliva into the site. It's best to grab the tick by the head & pull it straight out. I have one of these on my keychain : tick removers - Bing Images & it works great. In the last 2 years that I've carried it I have removed quite a few ticks from myself & others , My dogs & other dogs
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:42 AM
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I use permethrin tick repellants. I don't use DEET at all because it can shorten the life of fly lines. I spray Permethrin on my vest and upper waders. The tick crawl up and fall off.

Permethrin should not be used on the skin.

DEET vs. Permethrin as a Tick Repellent

For mosquitos I use Cutter's Advanced, a non DEET repellant that uses Picaridin. Try to get the sportsman formula. It is safe for fly lines and plastics and can be used on the skin. It is non oily and has no odor.

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Where can I buy the Permethrin? I know thats the active ingredient in stuff like "Frontline" for dogs, I was told by my vet that it is not friendly to the human liver. Of course DEET isn't exactly a vitamin either! I have a good buddy that was an Army Ranger. He swears by Avon Skin So Soft.

Here in southwestern/central PA, we are having a real deer tick problem. My vet told me he has never treated so many cases of animal Lyme 's deisease as he did last summer/fall. The warm spring has only made it worse.
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Where can I buy the Permethrin?
Look for Repel Permanone. It will last for a couple of washing but put it on my vest and hat which I rarely wash. If it is unavailable in a local sporting goods store, it is online.

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Here's an article on it tick removers - Bing Images

scroll down to permethrin repellants.

Wow I just read my own post link again & it said 100% deet is not any better than 30%. It's best to just apply it more often. .

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When I was working on my Master's thesis on deer repellents at LBL in western TN & KY, I was also a "tester" (read: guinea pig) for Permanone. LBL had the most incredible tick density I've ever seen, from here to CA and back. Deer had them covering their skull and backs of their ears, just brutal.


Anyway, the stuff really works! I've had it last through 3 and 4 washings. Follow label directions!

And be sure to put Frontline or Advantix, whichever your vet recommends, on your pooches every month like clockwork!

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I went a little "tick crazy" last year when I found two on me. They were the first ones I had found on my body since I was a little kid. Then this year I've found a few already. That being said, I've done alot of research on different repellents. First off, yes, deet probably works the best, but it also melts fly lines and almost any other synthetic material, so not really fly fisherman friendly. The approach I took, after all of my research was, first, to where clothing that I could spot them easily on. Next I sprayed my pack, sandals, fishing hat and Buff with Permathrin(sp?). I sprayed those things because they basically won't need to be washed very often, which is what lessens the potency of Permathrin. The last step I took was to spray my exposed body parts with a Picaridin based repellent. I think the stuff is called Natrapel. It's the best deet alternative on the market and considered safer than pretty much all other repellents for your body and gear. It worked great. I must have done HOURS of research on the internet and consumer reports and scientific experiments with ticks, not mosquitos, but ticks. On and on. I didn't have another tick all season and I was in a "ticky" area. Hope that helps a little.
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I was tying flies this winter and cut off some deer hair from a tanned piece of hide. Something fell from the fur and this is what I found, a dead tick.

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