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... ------------------------------ 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) ----------- SO be careful when you're hugging trees, sigh!