Blood Suckers

Summer is arguably the best time of the year to hike and camp. Everything just seems a little happier. The birds are chirping and cannon balls are flying off the dock. Fun in the sun is inevitable but may come with a little price to pay.

Hidden in the grass, the woods, and even our furry companions may be blood sucking TICKS. These pests can put a damper on any outdoor experience, but we’ll provide you with some tips to prevent and stop a tick bite.

First step to solving any problem is prevention. Before any adventure, make sure to spray your clothing and gear with products contains permethrin. We talked about it in an earlier post, but permethrin is some crazy strong stuff. It can last up to 6 weeks and maintains its strength after 6 laundry cycles.

Let’s say you were in a hurry and forgot to spritz. If that’s the case, make sure to do a FULL BODY check as soon as you walk through the door. Be as thorough as possible. If a tick is found, use tweezers to pull them out from the base of you skin. The faster they are found, the less likely the risk of potentially deadly diseases like Lyme disease. If you notice a bulls-eye pattern rash, fever, swelling, or fatigue days or weeks after a tick bite, make sure to see a healthcare professional as soon as possible!

 

Joonho Musonda