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Ticks And Camping

April 23, 2009

A big camping concern is ticks which can carry several types of infections, including Lyme disease. If left untreated, these insect bites can be threatening. You cannot avoid the ticks in the woods, but can take some precautions from tick bites. Common types of ticks are wood ticks and deer ticks. The deer ticks carry Lyme disease.

Finding and removing a tick early is key to the prevention of Lyme disease. If a tick is attached to your skin, grab it with tweezers as close to your skin as possible and pull it straight out. Do not use Vaseline. It will kill the tick and cause more harm. Also do not squeeze the tick, it can cause all the infected material of the tick to enter into your skin. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water and use a disinfectant.

Five Step Tick Preventions For Campers

1.Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, long trousers, boots or sturdy shoes and a head covering. Ticks are easier to detect on light-colored clothing. Tuck trouser cuffs in socks. Tape the area where pants and socks meet so ticks cannot crawl under clothing.

2. Apply insect repellent sparingly to exposed skin. Do not spray directly to the face; spray the repellent onto hands and then apply to face. Avoid sensitive areas like the eyes, mouth and nasal membranes. Be sure to wash treated skin after coming indoors. Use repellents containing permethrin to treat clothes especially pants, socks and shoes but not skin. Always follow label directions; do not misuse or overuse repellents. Always supervise children in the use of repellents.

3.Walk in the center of trails so weeds do not brush against you. In camping areas, individuals who sit on the ground or disturb leaf litter on the forest floor may encounter ticks.

4.Check yourself, children and other family members every two to three hours for ticks. Most ticks seldom attach quickly and rarely transmit disease organisms until they have been attached four or more hours. If your pets spend time outdoors, check them for ticks, too.

5.If ticks are crawling on the outside of clothes, they can be removed with masking tape or cellophane tape. A ring of tape can be made around the hand by leaving the sticky side out and attaching the two ends. Ticks will stick to the tape which can then be folded over and then placed in the trash.

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Camping with insects and mosquitoes

March 25, 2009

Camping time is upon us and means dealing with darn insects.There’s no question, insects and mosquitoes can make your camping trip a real bummer if you’re not careful. You don’t have to sit around and be eaten and stung alive, there are several precautions and preventative measures you can take to reduce your exposure and ensure a nice camping trip.

Don’t try camping in areas with tall grass and weeds where insects live.Insects and mosquitoes like to hang around areas of standing water.Set up camp away from water puddles, streams and lakes and ponds. Wearing bright colors can also make you a target for insects.Stick with dark clothing and cover up as much of your body as you can.

A good way to help protect yourself from insects and mosquitoes is to make the air real smokey from a burning campfire.Keeping your campsite clean from food and trash laying around also will help and is a good idea.Spray some outdoor insects and mosquitoes killer around your campsite, and make sure you also spray around your camping tent very good.

Insects are also attracted to light, so hang your lanterns and light’s away from the area you are going to sleep and sit. Insects and mosquitoes do not like smoke, so keep your smoking campfire going threw night will help keep them at bay while you sleep.Citronella buckets,and tiki torches work somewhat, you may want to try adding them to your campsite.Place them out of kid’s reach if you have young ones around they like to play and mess with them.

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