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Ticks and Field Season 2014

During this field season, tick activity has been great and each of us needs to be prepared when venturing to the field.  I suggest that everyone become familiar with suggested protocols concerning tick bites and Lyme disease by visiting one of these website(s):

Advice from a student who has gone through the tick bite treatment:  buy a can of permethrin (you can get some at good outdoor stores like Appalachian Outdoors), spray your field clothes outside in a well ventilated area, and let them dry for two hours. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area.

Your clothes will be good for use for a couple weeks.

You can also consider bug gaiters (they go around your ankles) and coat them with permethrin as well. You can get gaiters at Appalachian outdoors too.

After every couple of hours in the field, check yourself for ticks and remove them -- especially from cuffs, trouser leg bottoms, and shirt neck. Help each other by doing tick checks as well.

Let's stay safe in the woods! 

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