What Is The Best Way To Avoid Ticks ?

Keep Yourself – Tick Free !

Ticks – the bane of anyone who enjoys the outdoors. They’re silent, sneaky little vectors of disease. But like any sneaky insect-  the key to avoiding them is to avoid the habitat they’re most commonly found in. Minimizing your exposure to the conditions that make them thrive will greatly reduce your exposure to them. If you’re a forester that is not always an option. Sometimes you have to be in prime tick  habitat – for hours at a time . In that case its vitally important that you dress properly. But for those who don’t have to work outside, in a variety of conditions,  here are a few tips for avoiding habitat where ticks are most prevalent.

Avoid Recently Timbered Areas

When you are walking through the woods your travels may take you through areas that were recently harvested. If the harvest took place within the last 10 years, the conditions will be ideal for ticks. The combination of leafy brush and switchgrass, in the old skid trail , along with the prevalence of rodents and mammals create and ideal environment for ticks to thrive.  ( Rodents and mammals are important blood meals for deer ticks.) Its best to avoid walking through these spots as much as possible. Following the edge of them – while staying in the dense woods – is your best bet.

Avoid The Edges Of Grassy Fields


                            Beautiful…. but watch for ticks !

The edges of grassy field are prime habitat for ticks, especially the deer tick. The numerous blades of grass act as an ideal  platform from which to quest for a blood meal. The ticks will lie in wait until a host comes along that they can attach themselves to. Edges of fields are also preferred habitat for white-tailed deer. Their presence, in turn, increases the amount of ticks that will be found in this type of habitat.


Oak/Pine Forest Types

Deer ticks rely upon white footed mice as a blood meal for their life cycle. White footed mice in turn rely upon acorns as a source of food. Needless to say most forests,  where Oaks are abundant, have a high prevalence of deer ticks. If you live in a part of the country where this is a  predominant forest type – always dress to avoid ticks. Your chances of finding them on you are much higher than in other forest types like northern hardwoods or northern conifer(s).

Grassy Openings On Hiking Trails

These may take the form of an abounded logging road that the trail  follows or an old yarding area or forest opening that the trail goes through. Either way, they are nothing short of tick playgrounds. Be aware of this and avoid them if at all possible.

Shrubby Wetlands/Stream-River Bottoms

Wetlands are usually full of very dense, high grasses, reeds and brush. They are also moist – which ticks like- along with great cover for many forms of wildlife that carry ticks.

Streams and river bottoms act as corridors of travel for many sources of wildlife that carry ticks. They also tend to be filled with invasive species of plants. Like wetland flora, these plants make for ideal cover for rodents that carry ticks – such as rabbits. They are also tough to walk through which increase your chances of rubbing against leaves and branches that may have a ticks questing on them.


Despite your best intentions or out of necessity  – you may just not be able to avoid these sites. Yet ,if you dress properly by wearing Treated Pants, ShirtsGaiters and Hats your chances of finding a tick on you are greatly reduced. One less tick on you means one less chance of getting a debilitating disease .

What Clothing Can I Wear To Keep Ticks Off Me?

Keep Yourself  – Tick Free !

There is nothing like spending time outdoors. Fresh air, the beauty of nature, sun on your skin..whats not to like? It does wonders for your health and your soul.

Unfortunately, spending  time outdoors carries  risk.  One risk is biting insects. Most are just annoying and don’t carry serious diseases.  However, some can be downright lethal! Ticks fit into the lethal category.

Ticks can carry serious diseases.

Depending on the species of ticks and the location in which they are found, they can carry anything from Babesiosis, Lyme,Rocky Mtn. Spotted Fever, Bells Palsy etc.. It is not uncommon for a person to become infected with a number of these diseases – just from one tick bite ! A ticks gut is a petri-dish for biological diseases.  All of these diseases can be life altering , so avoiding a tick bite is very important for your health.

So the question becomes:”  What clothing can I wear to keep ticks off me ? “

For starters:  avoid walking through areas where grass, and brush is ankle to  knee high and dense. A tick will sit on the edge of a blade of grass with its tiny hooks outstretched. It will lay there for days and wait for a human or animal to pass by. This is called questing. It then  hooks on to your clothing and starts climbing up your leg.

This is why its so important to dress properly.  Dressing properly begins with keeping your skin covered and eliminating any and all entry ways for ticks to get under your clothing. This includes wearing long pants, long sleeved shirts, gaiters, and a hat.

Insect Shield is a company that manufactures clothing that repels ticks. 

Using a proprietary formulation of permethrin, Insect Shield products have the substance so tightly bound into their fabric it makes them effective at repelling ticks – for up to 70 washings. Permethrin is a synthetic substance that is formulated according to the same chemical structure as its naturally occurring source – the chrysanthemum flower. It is lethal for ticks.


 ALWAYS wearing long pants when you’re in areas where ticks are abundant. The protection is worth the extra sweating. Insect Shield makes a great product ! I have personally field tested their work jeans. They work ! Within minutes deer ticks and their larvae-  drop right off after hooking on. Wood and dog ticks take a bit longer but rarely make it higher than the waistline.  In fact, during the spring, summer and fall months – they are the only pants that I wear while working in the woods. My wife wears their yoga pants  for hiking and their slacks while working in the garden and she rarely finds a tick on her.


Long Sleeved Shirt


                   A Forester’s Outfit                                Insect Shield Wick Shirt & Work Jeans

When the temperature is hot and humid wearing a long sleeved shirt is not always practical.  However, the more often one is worn,  the less of a chance that a tick will be found on your skin. It will greatly eliminate your exposure to inadvertently picking one up as you brush against a branch or long blade of high grass.  One of my favorite shirts to wear during the spring and fall months is the Mens Wicking Tee  by Insect Shield. It keeps you warm during those cool spring and fall days while also giving you protection against ticks. It’s also well constructed and comfortable.


One of the main ways for a tick to latch onto your skin is by crawling up under your pant legs. They do this by first attaching to your boot/shoe and then stealthily crawling up your sock. At that point they continue to make their journey up to your waist line where they stop and then attach themselves to your skin.

Gaiters will cut off this entryway.  With a tight elastic band at the top and tight seal around your boot – the chances of a tick sneaking through is greatly reduced ! They’re also comfortable and best of all – Made in the USA.


Having your head covered also greatly reduces your chance of ticks getting onto your skin. Although not as common as being found in low grass and brush, ticks can sometimes  be found questing on tree leaves and branches. Wearing a hat treated with Permethrin will greatly reduce your chances of one latching onto your head

A Few Last Steps

After spending time outside, always take your clothes off BEFORE going inside. Either put the clothing ,you’ve just worn, in the drier for 15 minutes on low heat or place in a tightly sealed trash bag.  Both options will greatly reduce any chances for ticks to enter your home. Follow all of this up with a shower and then a visual inspection of your skin – particularly around the waist, behind the ears and groin areas. If its mid-early summer, look closely for tick nymphs.  Although tiny they carry the same diseases that the adults do.


Enjoying the outdoors,  where ticks are present ( which is pretty much everywhere outside of the desert)  poses its own set of risks. However, by dressing properly, the risk is greatly reduced. No longer do you need to ask  yourself ” What can I wear to keep ticks off me?” .

The answer is found here: Pants, Long Sleeved Shirts, Gaiters and Hats 

4 Non-Toxic Ways To Keep Off Ticks

Keep Yourself Tick Free !

Imagine enjoying the outdoors tick free !   Now Imagine enjoying the outdoors both tick free and toxic free. ” What are non toxic ways to keep off ticks” – you might ask ? Well, here are four tried and true methods to keep off  these pesky insects without using chemicals.

Wear Rubber Boots

Whenever a tick latches on to your clothing ( or skin) it seeks to climb upwards. It achieves this  by using the woven stitches of your clothing or even the tiny hair follicles on your skin as a ladder for climbing upwards. In most cases the tick latches on below the knee. With this in mind, wearing a knee high rubber boot will help to eliminate this pathway. The smoothness of the rubber prevents the tick from grabbing on. At the same time, with your pants tucked into the boot, the most common pathway for tick travel has been eliminated. Field testing has shown me that the Lacrosse Mens Alpha Burly rubber boots work very well. They are well made and both comfortable and rugged.                             A well worn pair

Some advantages:

  • Rubber Sole
  • Good traction
  • Comfortable
  • Knee High

If you are a female reader and feel the Alpha Burly is too heavy of a boot for you then consider looking at the Women’s Hunter Boot . They come in either tall or short versions. Like the Lacrosse they are also waterproof and effective at keeping ticks on the ground and not on your leg.

Wear Synthetic Leggings

A pair of smooth, synthetic leggings worn under your pants is extremely effective at keeping ticks off your skin.  Bug Skinz sold  by Cabela works very well.  They are light, durable, breathable and effectively wick away perspiration. I’ve worn a pair every day  I’m working in the woods – during the spring and fall – and they are still holding up after 4 years !  They also double  effectively as long underwear for those days and mornings that are a bit chilly.

Wear Gaiters

Gaiters are essentially short leggings worn on the outside of your pants and over the top of your boots. They cut off the passageway for ticks to get under your pant legs and onto your skin. Tick Gaiters is an awesome brand that works very well. They actually look classy ( for a gaiter) and way less goofy than pulling your socks up over your pant legs.

  • Made in the USA
  • Tight seal between gaiter and boots.
  • Straps keep gaiters from moving up
  • Visually pleasing

You can order a  pair HERE

Wear Cedar Oil

Out of all the natural tick repellents out there, CedarCircle works the best. Their Tickshield Natural Insect Spray provides your best result for the money spent.  Made from an oil derived from the Cedar tree – its 100 % natural !

  • 100% safe
  • lethal to ticks
  • 100 % synthetic chemical free
  • safe for your family and pets.

Tick Free & Chemical Free

Combining the right products and gear will enable you to once again enjoy the outdoors free from those nasty parasites. You will also have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your body is free of any synthetic chemicals.

You win while the ticks lose !

What Is The Best Way To Remove A Tick ?

Keep Yourself Tick Free !

So, it has happened. Despite all of your best efforts to keep those pesky ticks off your body, you’ve found one attached to  your skin. The queston now becomes; What do you do ?

      • Don’t Panic..its a tick not an alligator.


               Just hanging out waiting !

      • Use the right tool for removing it. Don’t use pliers or tweezers. They may leave the head behind causing an infection later.
      • Keep the tick in a clear plastic bag. Your doctor may appreciate having this.
  • Clean the wound. Hydrogen peroxide works great !
  • Mark the spot of the bite with a magic marker and keep any eye on it for a few days. If it turns into a large round red circle – see a health professional immediately.
  • Even if no bullseye shows up other infections could be there, so seeing your doctor about your bite – is important.

A very effective tool for removing an embedded tick is The Original Ticked Off Tick Remover  With an ergonomic handle and specialized notch in a bowl shaped end it removes ticks completely by plucking it flush with your skin. This will help prevent any part of the tick being left behind in your skin.

Other benefits:

        • Endorsed by veterinarians and physicians
        • Small and light – making it easy to carry and to store.
        • Made in the USA
        • Versatile – can be used by both humans and pets.


Are Ticks Active In Winter ?

Keep Yourself Tick Free !

There is an assumption out there there  that cold temperatures kill ticks. They don’t!  Ticks are a very hardy insect.

As long as there is sufficient leaf litter and snow cover, in which to hide underimg_20160105_142252; cold temperatures will not impact ticks. They will remain dormant for weeks at temperatures well below zero. As soon as the temperature rises above  38-40° F. and open ground is present  they will become active.  Almost like they are waking from hibernation.

What this means is that although the chances are low  of finding a tick on you – with snow cover present- the chance still exists. So be aware and be prepared.! Dress properly and consider having even your winter clothes treated with Permethrin. You can buy it here and spray it on yourself or you can go the more efficient route and have the good folks at Insect Shield do it for you. Using their service will keep your clothes repelling ticks for up to 70 washes !

 Whatever approach you decide to take, you can be assured that even during the winter months you are protected against these little vectors of disease.

What Is The Best Tick Repellent

Keep Yourself Tick Free !

Have you ever seen those science fiction movies where there are alien life forms that can survive any earthly catastrophe? Ticks can appear to be just like these creatures.

They are an insect that has a unique ability to survive heat, many months without feeding, trauma and even prolonged frigid temperatures. Like alien life forms – they can seem otherworldly. Fortunately there is one substance that is extremely effective at repelling them:


What is Permethrin ? Its a chemical that is derived from the chrysanthemum and known as a pyrethroid insecticide. The pyrethroids are extracted from the flower then suspended in an oil or water base. Although sometimes its also left in powder form.

Is It Toxic ?

Although not without risk to humans ; if its administered according to the label the negative effects are minimal.  Weighed agains the negative effects of being bitten by a diseased tick – the tradeoffs are minimal. For cats and fish its lethal ! Keep it away from both !51smnfe6sil

Does It Kill Ticks ?

Yes. Within minutes of their exposure to any clothing treated properly with it. I’ve personally tested clothing treated with it  and witnessed deer ticks getting no further than the knee area on my leg before dropping off and dying.

How Does It Compare To Other Insect Repellents? 

It stands heads above the rest. The only other substitute is DEET,  a chemical with a history of causing neurological problems. A Minnesota study also showed a boot that had a 35 % DEET application was ineffective at repelling any ticks , while the same boot  with a .05 % Permethrin application – killed the ticks within minutes.!


  • Odorless
  • Effective Repellent – kills ticks within minutes
  • Doesn’t damage clothing
  • Doesn’t require skin application
  • One application works weeks


  • Has distinct smell
  • Ineffective on ticks
  • Melts synthetic clothing
  • Requires direct application to skin
  • One application only lasts for hours.

Hands down Permethrin is the tick repellent of choice.


P.S. A recent Swedish study showed that boots with a Permethrin application attracted 20% less ticks than those without !

How To Keep Ticks Off Your Dog

Keep Your Dog Tick Free !

You’ve just spent another wonderful day enjoying the outdoors with your four legged friend.

As the two of you jump in the vehicle  you suddenly spot not one… but dozens of – TICKS !.

Arrgghh you say to yourself – there must be a better way to keep ticks off my dog. !

Well – there is !  The Game Hide Elimi Tick Dog Vest . 

Made from 100 % polyester, its rugged, durable and treated with Permethrin. The polyester prevents it from retaining moisture while the Permethrin will quickly and efficiently kill any ticks that come into contact with it.

Permethrin is a chemically synthesized derivative of the chrysanthemum flower. When used correctly, studies have shown it to be harmless to pets and humans yet lethal to ticks -particularly deer 814bC46oN7L._SL1500_ticks.  Clothing and gear that have been professionally treated with it   ( like this dog vest) enable it to repel ticks for up to an average of 50-70 washes. This eliminates your need for constant applications every time you want to use it.!

This well made dog vest also comes in a blaze orange Great for those times in the fall where your woods adventures involve or coincide with hunting.

So, if you’ve been asking yourself the question: “How do I keep ticks off my dog?” , we are pleased to give you an answer. With this vest you will keep ticks where they belong – off your dog!  Your four legged friend will love you even more for it. He hates ticks as much as you do!.   A well made permethrein treated dog vest is the perfect piece of clothing for your furry friend.