INFO -- DEERTICKS... STILL AROUND when it's COLD, etc.

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by victoria, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I didn't realize these facts about deer ticks...

    if you have a DH that hunts or you simply like
    to stroll in the woods when you can,

    this is important info actually, especially
    about how regular cycle of washing clothes
    does NOT kill the ticks.

    abbreviated article from newspaper...
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    Solanco Area Online News
    Local News & Information November 23, 2005

    Hunters: Beware of Tick Population Explosion

    UNIVERSITY PARK, PA . -- ...Steven Jacobs, the
    extension entomologist who oversees the lab, says this year
    is different.

    This fall, there's been an apparent explosion in
    Pennsylvania's population of deer ticks, the eight-legged
    arthropods known as the primary vector of Lyme disease. And
    that concerns Jacobs, as thousands of hunters prepare to
    head to the woods for deer season

    Jacobs warns that without snow cover, these adult ticks can
    be active in temperatures as low as 28 DEGREES F.

    "Youcould be hunting in a place, sitting on a log -- which
    actually would be one of the worst places to be -- as the
    sun comes up and the temperature rises," Jacobs warns.

    "Itcould be 30 degrees, and ticks could crawl off that log orfrom vegetation surrounding you. You may not think that
    ticks would be a problem when it's so cold, but in fact
    they can be active."

    Jacobs says the best line of defense against ticks may be
    insect repellent, although he acknowledges that many
    hunters resist using repellents containing DEET because the
    scent can be smelled by deer.

    "As an alternative, productscontaining permethrin have very little odor and areeffective for about 24 hours, but they must be sprayed onclothing the night before because they have to dry first,and they shouldn't be applied to the skin," says Jacobs.

    Because ticks can get between layers of clothing, Jacobs
    advises hunters to remove their hunting attire outdoors to
    avoid bringing ticks into the house.

    "Keep in mind, we've learned that washing clothes in warm
    water and detergent DOESN'T kill all these ticks," he says.
    "THE ONLY SURE WAY TO GET RID OF THEM IS TO DRY CLOTHES ON HIGH HEAT FOR A LONG CYCLE OF TIME."

    (EMPHASIS MINE)
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    SO be careful when you're hugging trees, sigh!



  2. victoria

    victoria New Member

    The bad part is the deer ticks are so tiny that it isn't even as big as that icon...!

    bumping up again...
    V

  3. karatelady52

    karatelady52 New Member

    Thanks for the article,

    My whole life I've loved walking in the woods and now when I walk my dogs outside, I'm constantly aware of those stupid little critters.

    Thanks for the reminder, I need to get some repellent with the Deet scent. I don't hunt deer (I love animals) so it won't bother me to wear it.

    Sandy
  4. victoria

    victoria New Member

    to the top

    :)
  5. victoria

    victoria New Member