Mosquito/Tick/Insect Bite Care (Bite pic - be forewarned)

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    Mosquito/Tick/Insect Bite Care (Bite pic - be forewarned)

    Just curious - for those into camping/hiking/prepping, how do you deal with insect bites? I've noticed my reaction to bites is worse as I get older. Below is a bite from a very small tick. I have several bites like this on my feet and legs from being out in the woods, even after spraying with Deet. How are you prep for insects? Hope I don't gross anybody out.



    A good article on tick bites is at Ticks: Click for Pictures and Tips on Bite Prevention.

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    Having had Lyme disease and reading about other diseases transmitted by ticks I treat any bite seriously. You want to remove a tick carefully since leaving any of the mouth parts can cause an infection. Myself I prefer to coat the little buggers with petroleum jelly, this closes their breathing holes and causes them to back out. Another method is to use a pair of tweezers to apply slow steady pressure causing them to release.
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    Since ticks come up onto the body from the ground up, always tuck the cuffs of your pants into your socks even if you are wearing boots.

    And then Permethrin is what you want to treat all of your clothing with.

    You can mix up your own spray. Spray clothing and gear only do not apply it directly to skin.
    I mix up a stronger solution for the exterior of my boots.

    You can spray the clothing that you intend to wear outdoors at home while your clothes are off your body.

    Hit the bottoms of your pants extra heavy. (at least I do & I am still alive and well)

    Also remember that Permethrin is highly poisonous to cats so if you have cats keep them away when you treat your clothing.

    I see that you discovered that DEET is not super effective for ticks.

    Ticks HATE Permethrin because it annihilates them in a big hurry.

    There are more ticks in PA. these days than ever before.

    They also make pretreated clothing that reportedly remains effective after many washings but, I don't know anything about that.
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    I spray my shoes, socks, and lower pants with DEET spray. Seems to work pretty well. Tick are attracted to light colored clothing too.

    As for bug bites and stings. Ammonia. Dab a bit on a cotton ball and dap the bite with it. Those bites sticks you get in the camping section, ammonia in a pricey container. You can get a gallon for the same price.
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    I actually hate to give advice like this because some folks in the general population will always get stuck on stupid and screw up.

    DO NOT spray the 36.8% Permethrin on your clothing etc! That is for outdoor ground and plant use.

    Buy the 10% Permethrin and dilute it down with 12 to 16 Ounces of water in a spray bottle.
    One Ounce of 10% Permethrin to 12 to 16 Ounces of water.
    Spray your clothing, gear, tent, etc and allow that to dry completely.

    Or buy the pre-mixed spray specifically intended for outdoor gear and clothing.

    I do not treat my underwear - something about doing that just tells my brain NO! Don't Do That.

    I spray the tops of my socks only and the bottoms of my pants really extra well.

    I have not got bit by any ticks so far.

    DEER ticks do not get LYME Disease from deer. They get LYME from rodents. Or at least that is what I was told. You do not want o get LYME Disease
    It can possibly pass through the membrane that protects the brain and then you can really have serious health problems.
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    A friend of mine is a doctor and he told me that whwn Tics and Chiggers bite they release protein into your skin and that's what causes you to itch. He told me that if you heat those proteins up they will be destroyed. You can do that by heating something metal to a tolerable level and pressing it onto your skin. I don't know how true this is but I have been doing it on mosquitos, chiggers, and tick bites with a lighter and spoon or knife and any time I have a bite and do this it never itches aftwards. I'm sold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    I actually hate to give advice like this because some folks in the general population will always get stuck on stupid and screw up.

    DO NOT spray the 36.8% on your clothing etc! That is for outdoor ground and plant use.

    Buy the 10% and dilute it down with 12 to 16 Ounces of water in a spray bottle. Spray your clothing, gear, tent, etc and allow that to dry completely.

    Or buy the pre-mixed spray specifically intended for outdoor gear and clothing.
    Hope you mean Permethrin, cause you forgot to repeat it in your second post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rm3482 View Post
    A friend of mine is a doctor and he told me that whwn Tics and Chiggers bite they release protein into your skin and that's what causes you to itch. He told me that if you heat those proteins up the will be destroyed. You can do that by heating something metal to a tolerable level and pressing it onto your skin. I don't know how true this is but I have been doing it on mosquitos, chiggers, and tick bites with a lighter and spoon or knife and any time I have a bite and do this it never itches aftwards. I'm sold!

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    Intresting... I'll have to try that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammeow View Post
    Hope you mean Permethrin, cause you forgot to repeat it in your second post.
    Good looking out.

    I just added that in. I was off double-checking my own formula percentages and another post sneaked right in there.
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    Geesh, Scotty.

    That must have been a HUGE tick to leave a hole that big.

    When I was little, we used fingernail polish on insect bites and the itching went away immediately. I guess it is the same effect as smothering it with petroleum jelly?

    Mosquitoes can also transmit some pretty nasty diseases. Avon's Skin-So-Soft works well for preventing mosquito bites and it smells good too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    Since ticks come up onto the body from the ground up, always tuck the cuffs of your pants into your socks even if you are wearing boots.
    They also hang out on the bottom of leaves and transfer to victims as they brush up against the plants.

    How much of the 10% P to mix with the 12 oz water?

    Thanks for the tips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nedrgr21 View Post
    They also hang out on the bottom of leaves and transfer to victims as they brush up against the plants.

    How much of the 10% P to mix with the 12 oz water?

    Thanks for the tips.
    Dang! I am really slipping up in this thread. Good Catch. I added that into my above post.
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    Permethrin treated clothes work well. I usually spray down my hunting clothes at the beginning of a season and it lasts for several weeks. I didn't this turkey season and I did find a little bugger crawling in the crease on the inside of my knee. Glad I felt it before it buried itself. You can also use the sticky kind of lint roller and go over your clothes after a walk in the woods. If you roll over a tick, it will stick to the roller. I've tried this and it does work. I never tried this, but I have heard that if you use duct tape around your pant cuffs, sticky side out, they will stick to the tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    Geesh, Scotty. That must have been a HUGE tick to leave a hole that big. When I was little, we used fingernail polish on insect bites and the itching went away immediately. I guess it is the same effect as smothering it with petroleum jelly? Mosquitoes can also transmit some pretty nasty diseases. Avon's Skin-So-Soft works well for preventing mosquito bites and it smells good too!
    weird thing was it wasn't a large tick and it dropped off. but it left a HUGE mark. after reading up, it seems its common to have ticks bite you and drop off before they are even noticed. a bite with a bullseye is a bad sign for lyme's disease. I also grew up painting ticks with fingernail polish, although I hear that isn't the best way to address the problem.
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    I have for years coated my clothing with the fly spray intended for use on horses. It has a low % of permethrin. It keeps off mosquitos, ticks, biting flies, chiggers, etc. I spray the horses, dogs, my clothing, and my tougher skin. My hands, fore arms, and neck mostly resemble leather anyway. Its made to put directly on hair and skin. I even spray the interior of my truck, It keeps the bugs out of there too! DR
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