Another tick tip: There are gaiters available that are pre-treated with permethrin. I have a pair of these. They are knee-high, are made of a soft fabric, and wrap around the lower leg and close with Velcro strips. They are lightweight, comfortable and surprisingly cool and work over any pair of pants. Since they don’t need to be regularly washed (unlike pants), the permethrin lasts a long time. They also help deter chiggers. I bought mine on Amazon and the brand name is “Lym-eez.”
Of course, the gaiters won’t help with ticks that, as Jim Moore notes, come from higher perches. But I have found them effective in most situations.
Patuxent Bird Club
A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society
From: <mdbirding...> [mailto:<mdbirding...>] On Behalf Of Jim
Sent: Thursday, May 9, 2019 2:54 PM
Cc: Maryland & DC Birding
Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Re: Be careful - ticks
Thanks Emily for the info and my sympathies.
I should follow up on a post I made yesterday about 10 ticks crawling up pants I had sprayed with Permethrin. Now that I think about it, though I spray most of my field pants, I may not have yet sprayed those particular pants with Permethrin, and that might have been part of my problem. I have seen two ticks crawling up my sprayed pants in the past however--but those were nylon pants, and I'm not sure Permethrin adheres so well to nylon.
Also, I believe wellies can help in deterring ticks that try to attach low to the ground. I have never seen ticks on the wellies I routinely wear. But of course they won't help for ticks attaching higher, such as from tall grass or tree branches.
On Thu, May 9, 2019 at 2:17 PM Emily Mitchell <info...> wrote:
As a victim to Lymes disease and also the mammal meat allergy Alpha-Gal which is transmitted from the Lone-Star Tick I am well versed with tick illnesses and tick prevention. All it takes is a bite to have the illness transmitted. It is a myth that a tick needs to be embedded at least 24 hours to be given Lymes disease.
Interesting that the CDC still does not include Alpha-Gal as a tick-born disease as it is actually an allergy to the sugar in the proteins of mammal meat. It is quite prevalent in Anne Arundel County. If you have been bit by a Lone-star tick and start feeling bad after eating red meat, have an allergist test you for the IGE tickers for bovine, swine and Alpha-Gal.
For those that are concerned about the effects of DEET or Permethrin, another product PICARIDIN is plant based and is as effective as the others. There is "Ranger Ready 20% Picaridin Spray. Read more here:
Both DEET and PICARIDIN are effecting in repelling ticks, while Permethrin will actually kill the tick. I found Permethrin to be more effective in repelling ticks then DEET.
As a birder we stand still much more often than a hiker, so it gives ticks more opportunity to find a home. It is easy to rub against tree brush above and to the sides so long-sleeve shirts and a pre-treated hat also helps.
Do note that Patuxent North/South tracts ticks are known to carry Lymes disease to be extra protected when visiting these locations.