Date: 5/9/19 7:29 am
From: Noah Bers <noahbers...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: Be careful - ticks
Spray permethrin is OK as folks have mentioned but even more effective and longer lasting is to soak your clothes and shoes in 36.8% permethrin SFR diluted to .5%. This method is also significantly less expensive - .02 cents / oz compared to .63 cents / oz of the Sawyer spray.

1. Mix 1gal water with 2oz of 36.8% permethrin. This will yield 130oz of .5% solution.
2. Soak for 2 hours, wring out and air dry.
3. Retreat every year regardless of # of washes.

Though there is some evidence that it is best to handwash treated clothing, a few studies show that even machine washing (gentle) and drying (low) resulted in decreased risk of tick bite.

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 1:46:17 PM UTC-4, Ed Vigezzi wrote:
> I know we all know this, but please be careful of ticks.
> I just left the Green Hills Farm Wetland area and pulled off over 20+ from me when I returned to my car. Another 4 when I got home.
> I have had to deal with one or two over the years, but never like this.
> Just be careful out there.
> Good birding!

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