Spring brings with it the promise of enjoying the outdoors – gardening, hiking, and camping. It is also a time of high tick counts. Some reports are predicting an increase in tick counts this spring and summer. Here are some basic tips to help you and your family prepare for the outdoor season. 

 

Tick prevention strategies:


1) The way you dress can help. Wear light colored clothing and tuck pants into your socks. Wearing a hat can help you see ticks better.

 

2) Avoid areas with dense brush. Walk in the center of trails when possible.

 

3) Apply tick repellent (see our selection below).

 

4) Do tick checks daily. Prompt removal of ticks can do a lot prevent transmission tick-borne illnesses. It takes more than 24-36 hours of attachment for a deer tick to transmit Lyme disease.

 

5) Bathe as soon as possible after coming indoors.

 

6) Tumble dry clothes for 10 minutes after coming inside. This will help to kill any ticks that are in the folds of clothing.

 

7) Keep Mowed Buffer Zones. Ticks prefer tall grass so maintaining a section of mowed lawn creates a buffer zone.

Here are some additional links:
https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/prev/natural-repellents.html
http://www.ewg.org/research/ewgs-guide-bug-repellents/faq
www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/body-care/tick-prevention-zmaz10jjzraw

 

Here are some of our favorite bug repellents (available at the Co-op):  

 

● Green Mountain Tick Repellent, Dorset, VT: Contains geranium, lemongrass, and cedarwood essential oils. Currently on sale for $9.69.

 

 Badger Anti bug Shake and Spray, Gilsum, NH: Certified organic and 100% natural. $9.99. Other Badger Bug products includeBadger Anti-Bug Balm (tin), Anti-Bug Balm (stick), and Anti-Bug Sunscreen.

 

Lakon ByGone Bugz, Montpelier, VT: GMO-free sunflower oil or olive oil, essential oils of eucalyptus citriodora, rosemary, wintergreen or sweet birch, peppermint and geranium. $8.99.

 

All Terrain Natural Herbal Armor, Newport, NH: contains an essential oil blend of 25% concentration. Non-irritating. $8.49