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Well the little creepy crawlers are thick this year.  I had over a dozen of the little buggers on me (on my skin) at the end of a fairly short hike.  I carry a lint roller in my truck to go over my clothes after an outdoor excursion this time of year and also have one in the garage for out the back door adventures.  A lint roller also works great for getting them off your skin (if they haven't dug in yet) and then a shower and another tick check.  The ticks here seem to like the DEET and permethrin.  I haven't been able to find a product containing picaridin locally, but would like to give it a try.  I guess as long as I find them before they attach it's all good but the constant showering and clothes washing takes time and uses a lot of resources.  At least the mosquitoes aren't swarming yet.

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Skeeters been very bad here this year already, and the gnats or whatever or face flies or whatever they are have been ridiculous.  Maybe some of the local yote population will be hit with heartworms, but doubt it.  Not had any ticks on me yet, but our dogs have picked up a few, to be expected really. 

My mom gave us a few avon skin so soft wipes that had picardin in them, those seem to work pretty well for deer flies.

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I spray my hunting clothes pretty heavy with Sawyers tick spray and let it dry overnight.  Seems to work the best for me.

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16 hours ago, Mathews XT Man said:

Not seen a single tick here yet...nor a skeeter

Lucky you😉  I've been averaging over two dozen ticks on me per each hunting/hiking excursion.  A combination of Deet and permethrin seems to have lowered the totals but nothing seems to totally block or repel them.  On top of that, the skeeters seem to have woken up.  The black flies and horse flies will be next.

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My new land has plenty of ticks skeeters and biting gnats of some kind (not black flies - smaller but larger than no-see-ums). I use permetherin to keep the ticks off me. So far I've seen plenty on my pack, boots, hat and clothes but they get off immediately and so far not one tick has embedded in my skin. Deep woods off helps with skeeters but the gnats got me a few days ago. They got inside my bug net and got me on the cheeks, ears, and neck. My face looked like I had been in a fight. I've heard vanilla extract on a neck rag works - will try that next time out.

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