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Can anyone recommend a good tick repellent that doesn't stink too badly? I typically spray my gear and clothes and check myself over very thoroughly when I get home. I also have my wife look me over to get a second set of eyes and to have someone check spots I can't see. This weekend I went out for about 5 hours on Saturday afternoon. It was pretty warm so I sprayed and checked. Thought I was good when I was done but I woke up the next morning to a tick chomping down on my junk (yeah, that junk). I take tick nosode and tick pathogen regularly so I wasn't too freaked about infection. I got it out pretty quickly, took an antibiotic for 2 days. I feel OK  and no bullseye so I think I'm OK but I definitely DO NOT want that to happen again.  I'm a ground hunter so I'm sure ticks will always be a problem to deal with but I want to limit exposure as much as possible.

Any recommendations?

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OK... Sawyers spray, spray the outer clothing till damp, put in a plastic bag, remove the air, tie a knot in it.. let stand for 24 hours.. remove, let air dry outside... Will last up to 8 weeks including washing... you will think ticks are extinct..

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I hunt in 8H and I have had almost zero tick activity. I know they are around but seemingly not where I'm hunting so much. That said, I travel to Honduras to work in indigenous villages and the ticks are horrendous! We spray all our clothing and bedding with permethrin. Works very well. Don't spray it directly on your skin, just your clothing. Wet it and let dry. Good luck and keep checking. 

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Ticks were the worst ever during October in Madison County.  Buy Sawyers!!!


Got my toes in my boots, ass in the stand

Not a care in the world, got my bow in my hand

Life is good today, life is good today!

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I bought Sawyers. Received it on Friday. Sprayed my shell down. Got dressed on Saturday AM and found a tick hanging out in my pants(not my shell pants) from last weekend. Everything has been washed at this point and appropriate items have been treated. Ticks have me freaked out this year.

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do not for get if using sawyers and you have cats...keep them away...it can kill or make your cats seriously ill... I have to be very careful during turkey season...our cat likes to sleep on my hunting clothes when they are on the porch...


The Kindle just doesn't work right and   I have decided not to feed the bullies and distracters...it's call the ignore feature. They only have power when fed.

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I bought the stuff made by Repel.. actually after seeing the threads on here warning of how bad a year it was.... Put it all over my insulated camo especially the cuffs at the wrist and ankles... Have not found any ticks all year.. only on a buck my friend shot mid bow season did it have a maybe 3 or 4 full ticks on him.  I contracted Lyme disease about 6 years ago it was not fun at all

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Ya our friend got it this year went through the anti's and was retested...she is back on them again...it didn't work the first time...which reminds me ...I need to call the Dr. and get tested...Mr B is afraid my 10 days preventative didn't work after hearing about her...


The Kindle just doesn't work right and   I have decided not to feed the bullies and distracters...it's call the ignore feature. They only have power when fed.

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5 minutes ago, growalot said:

Ya our friend got it this year went through the anti's and was retested...she is back on them again...it didn't work the first time...which reminds me ...I need to call the Dr. and get tested...Mr B is afraid my 10 days preventative didn't work after hearing about her...

What i was taught is you may test positive for quite a while even after being successfully treated. Needs to be aggressively and quickly treated otherwise you can  get permanent neuromusculoskeletal damage.

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Mine... I went on antis hours after finding the tick on me and well the head staying in the bite:mda:...but she didn't know she'd even been bit and then was misdiagnosed for weeks  being treat for..Ohh what is that! the thing adults get after having mumps or measles...anyways it wasn't until she couldn't stand one day and was having severe vertigo they went to a different Dr. and was tested... So ya it can get bad and fast...glad your OK now...


The Kindle just doesn't work right and   I have decided not to feed the bullies and distracters...it's call the ignore feature. They only have power when fed.

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I have hunted down here on the southern tier for about 7 or 8 years and have had a ton of ticks on me usually 2 or 3 every time I declothed. The buck I shot 2 years was loaded around 50 or 60 fell off when I hung it in the garage. I never really used any repelents and should have. Well this year at our new property I was use going to sawyers but I be darned haven't had a single one on me. My dogs have had 2 since March of this year. I don't know if this new area doesn't have as many or more rodents or something I haven't a clue but no ticks in my area. At my parents in 8F it's the same way I haven't had a tick on me or a deer I have shot.

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Dr told me he had a couple come in in the spring...been fly fishing...they had 20 embedded in them...That's enough to have me buy a case of Sawyers...God!!!


The Kindle just doesn't work right and   I have decided not to feed the bullies and distracters...it's call the ignore feature. They only have power when fed.

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I just resprayed my clothes that Sawyers works, I will not even think about entering the woods without my clothes treated.  Brother and Dad both got lyme disease, it's no joke be diligent!  I hang every thing in the garage including socks, underwear and boots on plastic under the clothes I am spraying.  Hat, gloves, neck warmers, gator, clothes bag, back pack and belt pack.  I don't usually do another spray in January due to freezing temps but at that time I will not hunt if its above 40.  It works just do it at the recommended stages, I think 40 days or 6 washes.  

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