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Tick control for hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Jeb Stuart, Jun 28, 2019.

  1. Jeb Stuart

    Jeb Stuart Member

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    I have already started to hit the woods for the usual scouting. This year I spent heavily on New Tick Control clothes. I was also very happy to see that Sawyer's makes a non smelling insect repellent. I bought about 5 containers of this already. I also have bought other sprays etc.Tick Disease is just not a killer, it is a slow death.
     
  2. ohihunter2014

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    I spray down with Sawyers and haven't had one on me yet. I soaked my head and neck with Off Deep woods the other day and felt something on the back of my neck and hair and was able to swipe it off.
     
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  3. jmorris

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    Fire ants seem to do the trick. After they wiped out the quail around here I realized ticks also were effected. I got my first one in decades earlier this year but it’s been abnormally wet this year too.
     
  4. alsaqr

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    i recently soaked three sets of trousers and shirts in diluted permethrin. Ticks crawling on the treated clothing soon die. One soaking will last for three or four washings.

    1. Follow the directions carefully.

    2. Permethrin is deadly for cats.
     
  5. earlthegoat2

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    Use professional pest control grade Permethrin SFR. Dilute to .05% with water and soak clothes with it and let dry. Make sure to treat all outer layers and don’t forget your boots, socks, hat, pack, camelbak, etc.

    I also treat the interior carpet of my truck as well as the bed. Hogs carry crap loads of ticks on them and I bring a spray bottle along to treat the fur of the hog before I drive home.

    Don’t mess around with the commercial concoctions sold at outdoor stores. I’ve had very spotty results with them.

    When I’m hunting I only get a few bugs around my face and ears which I will then use a DEET formula on.

    I have not seen a tick on me in years. Every so often on the dog..,,
     
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  6. Captcurt

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    I buy Sawyers by the case for some of the workers on the farm where I hunt and always have some in my truck. I seldom get a tick and I am in the woods a lot.
     
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  7. Hookeye

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    We hunted a place years ago........used Sawyers.
    Topo map said " Tick Ridge". That was understatement of the century.
    Neither my bud or I got bitten, but we took turns wiping them off each others backs while turkey hunting.

    Hundreds per day. Hunted two days (did not sleep due to every hair on my arm moving made me think tick).
    Never went back to that infested hell hole.

    Hunt a more northern spot. Sawyers. Bud got a couple on his clothes, they were dying. No bites.
    I have had maybe one, in 4 yrs of hunting down there. On my clothes, found in truck. No bites.

    One of our buds got Lymes down there.
    Dunno what repellents he used.

    He got a tick bite on ear later......scared him.............but he was OK (Lymes took a yr or so to go away).

    I used Deep Woods Off on my neck, face, hands. Sawyers on outer clothing.
    Worked fine for the ticks. Skeeters was Thermacell.
    That worked OK too.

    But the gnats...........nothing works but some flowery scented stuff (Avon sells it I guess, Walmart did too).
    Camo clothing, shotgun...........all hardcore turkey killin'.............smelling like a girl.

    Too funny.

    I didn't hunt in the wet areas so avoided the gnats................and having to smell like a girl LOL
     
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  8. Hookeye

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    I'm older, wiser and more wimpy now.
    I stay out of the woods til October.
     
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  9. Jeb Stuart

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    Actually thinking that might be the best choice. And even then you have to be careful. Big misconception about their existence in fall and winter. They can be active all year. Last fall, I took a lot of precautions, but came home, woke up the next day and one had embedded in my neck. Went to the emergency room on Sunday the next day. Doctor had to take a scalpel to cut it out. and then get stitches and the Lyme Disease Medication.. She told me it was smart to come in right away. You have a 24 hr, window to prevent the disease. One of the reasons I am so paranoid, is the fact a friend of mine a beautiful young women got the disease and now left paralyzed and in a wheel chair.
    This might be a bad year with all the Hot Weather we have had. Actually setting records.
    I don't know what puts my paranoia up the most. Ticks or Text message drivers. Probably safer around the ticks.
     
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  10. Captcurt

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    Just an update. It is Blackberry season and my bitter-half loves to pick berries. We spent 3 hours in the briars today and got one tick. I may buy stock in Sawyers. That is 2 trips and over 5 hours in the field for 1 tick. Not too bad.
     
  11. SharpDog

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    I have used Frontline Flea and TIck control for many years breeding dogs in Houston. It converted the dogs into tick killers and kept the entire area free of ticks and fleas. It has decreased usefulness nowadays because folks cannot follow instructions but should work fine when hunting.
     
  12. Mn Fats

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    I walk my labs 4.5 miles every day. Each lap being exactly 1.5 miles. Then we come in and get a drink of water. On each lap I get 6-12 wood ticks that I peel off each leg. Equals roughly 30 ticks in the spring each day. Switched to Permethrin and have found none. Zero. I still use deet for bare skin, but that Permethrin works.
     
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  13. rayatphonix

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    I also use Permethrin. One evening I climbed into a deer stand and happened to disturb a big wasp nest. In spite of the 40 or so furious wasps, I never got stung. It’s good stuff!
     
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  14. sage5907

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    I also use Sawyers by spraying my trouser legs and boots. Sometimes the ticks just walk up my legs to get over the Sawyers before they try to get on me. I also use Deep Woods Off on my hands, arms, neck and head, and I use Johnson's baby creamy oil with Aloe and that helps with mosquitoes. I don't like wearing long sleeve shirts in the summer but it helps when I am bush hogging or just walking in the brush. It's a never ending fight. I have had more tick bites this year than any year past. Maybe because of all the rain.

    One of the reasons I have the tick problem is because the deer bring the ticks when they eat at my feeders. They use their feet to knock the ticks off when they are eating. I am going to start spraying around the feeders with Bifen XTS and I think that will help.
     
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  15. red rick

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    Another Sawyer fan .
     
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