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    tick bite prevention

    I just thought I would share my experience of the little critters.
    I stalk some heavily infested ground in Perthshire and for the last 5 years have had over 100 ticks bite into me.

    Today I read the Lymes Disease article in the shooting gazette and it got me thinking how Ive probably been lucky I haven't got lymes disease yet. Especially when I have pulled most out with my fingers and occasionally a few days later.
    The article says that to help prevent contracting the disease the ticks should be removed quickly and completely. (not with fingers)

    Any ways the point I was getting to was the most effective tick bite prevention I have found is by wearing base layers.
    I wear some merino wool or synthetic base layers whenever stalking and it massively reduces the number of ticks I have to remove from my body. Since wearing base layers I have only had to remove them from under my watch strap!

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    After being treated for Lyme I don't go out without my Rynoskin under armour Rynoskin Insect Body Armour Insect Repellant it certainly does help to have base layers and to ensure leggings tucked into socks etc. Rovince will be my next buy! Can't be too careful.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jackfish View Post
    After being treated for Lyme I don't go out without my Rynoskin under armour Rynoskin Insect Body Armour Insect Repellant it certainly does help to have base layers and to ensure leggings tucked into socks etc. Rovince will be my next buy! Can't be too careful.
    i was looking at rynoskin. how come you want to change?

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    Certainly not changing, only adding more protection once my other shooting trousers bite the bullet!


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    The only problem with the Rynoskin is that it makes me sweat like feck! No ticks though.

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    whats the difference between rynoskin and merino wool thermals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick.308 View Post
    I just thought I would share my experience of the little critters.
    I stalk some heavily infested ground in Perthshire and for the last 5 years have had over 100 ticks bite into me.

    Today I read the Lymes Disease article in the shooting gazette and it got me thinking how Ive probably been lucky I haven't got lymes disease yet. Especially when I have pulled most out with my fingers and occasionally a few days later.
    The article says that to help prevent contracting the disease the ticks should be removed quickly and completely. (not with fingers)

    Any ways the point I was getting to was the most effective tick bite prevention I have found is by wearing base layers.
    I wear some merino wool or synthetic base layers whenever stalking and it massively reduces the number of ticks I have to remove from my body. Since wearing base layers I have only had to remove them from under my watch strap!
    How do you know you haven't got it? Have you been tested? The disease can be there without you knowing and it's not just lymes disease now. Two others are beginning to appear.Babesiosis being one and I can't remember the other, it maybe bartonellosis. Not sure though.
    Last edited by Ranger22; 23-09-2015 at 10:39.

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    Is there a map(s) showing the distribution of the more heavily tick infested areas ?
    Apart from the cover-up what is the main insect repellent you all use ? Is it DEET related?
    Do you check after being out ?
    It is said that the ticks, removed carefully and correctly during the first 24 hours, are unlikely to pass on Lyme disease unless the beast is squeezed and this forces the anticoagulant (spit) into the wound. How do you check your dogs, as keeping 'unfed' ticks out of the house is essential ?

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    I have recently been wondering about the probability of contracting Lymes when you consider the amount of people that must pick up ticks as its not just us stalkers but walkers/ramblers, armed forces on exercise etc etc. In saying that, im not leaving anything to chance and have invested in Rovince products and proper tick removers!

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    1) you really don't want Lymes disease - I lost two years to it.

    2) spray yourself head to toe in smidge or other tick repellent before you go out. Wash your kit in repellent spray as well, or just spray smudge all over them. Keep things well tucked in and avoid crawling if at all possible.

    3) shower well and use an insecticidal shampoo - and wash in all the dark and sweaty parts - that's where they like to hide.

    4) get well checked over by your loved one to make sure you haven't ticks anywhere.

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