Hiking Tip of the Day: Use Permethrin
You should use permethrin to help prevent tick bites.
Permethrin is a strong chemical insecticide used to reduce exposure to ticks and mosquitoes in humans and dogs.
You should not use permethrin on your skin. It can cause issues for humans if used on the skin or breathed in, but typically the issues are minor and clear up in about a day. Keep the chemical away from children and pets. Use permethrin outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
The best way to use permethrin is to spray it on your hiking footwear, backpack, and clothing. Do not spray it on synthetic clothing like spandex or polyester, as it can damage those materials.
Let the gear you spray sit for about 24 hours before use.
The chemical is strong enough to stay on clothing and gear through several wash cycles.
A lot of people use permethrin to prevent tick bites.
Most public land management agencies use it.
Hunters use it.
Hikers use it.
It works and is one of the best lines of defense against ticks.
But permethrin isn’t 100%. So be to check yourself for ticks after your hike.
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