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Skeeters, Ticks, Fleas, & Chiggers!

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Since we are going into prime "bug" season, I thought an updated primer was in order on how to combat these critters.

In Texas that means mosquito's, ticks, fleas, and chiggers.

As soon as it is warm enough for them to start attacking me I start spraying all my camo including face masks and gloves with a Permethrin/ Permanone products like REPEL, Sawyer's, and Coulston Duranon. One of these is usually sold at Wal-Mart, Cabela's, Bass Pro, and most good sporting goods stores. It kills all the above on contact and one treatment will last through a few washings. It works great. It has also gone from about $3 a can to about $6 can over the past three years. DO NOT APPLY IT TO YOUR SKIN.

"Permethrin is virtually non-toxic to humans and no systemic effects have been reported. Permethrin is applied to exterior clothing where it dries and bonds to the cloth fiber. This water-based formula is non-staining, odorless and has exceptional resistance to degradation by sunlight (UV), heat and water. It is only effective when used as a clothing treatment. When placed on clothing it will last 2 to 6 weeks (even up to 1 year with special application) and will even last through weekly launderings. With the long history of success permethrin has achieved, it is best not to second guess these extraordinary results. By following the directions provided on the product you can be assured of results that achieve protection at or near 100%. Any variation of instructions that indicate using less permethrin on clothing will result in diminished performance. Follow the direction exactly and you will be amazed at the performance of this product."

In addition to treating your clothing, you will also need a repellent spray for your exposed areas of skin. In the past I have used 100% unscented DEET products. Whatever you choose, make sure it is unscented!

Finally, if you are really wanting to roll out the "Big Gun", you can use ThermCell. A lot of hunters use ThermaCell in Alaska and Canada, where skeeters can be the size of Texas Chihuahuas.

"ThermaCELL uses revolutionary, patented technology to dispense a small amount of repellent into the air over a long period of time. ThermaCELL is powered by a butane cartridge which provides the cordless, portable heat necessary to operate the device (batteries are not needed). It directs the heat to a metal grill. A mat saturated with Allethrin, a copy of a naturally occurring insecticide found in chrysanthemum flowers, is placed on top of the metal grill. The heat generated by the butane cartridge vaporizes the repellent allowing it to rise into the air, creating a 15 x 15 ft (225 sq ft) "Mosquito-Free-Zone" in minutes. The repellent is very unpleasant to mosquitoes, but when used as directed, will not harm humans or pets."

I also carry a "Flea & Tick" spray. I spray down my hogs/javelina right away to kill the fleas and ticks on them.



Good & Comfortable Hunting,

Bob
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Good post, Bobcat. I will definitely pick up some of those products.

amigo

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I make my own Permethrin spray........bought the 10% livestock concentrate at a store like Tractor supply......

 

http://www.tractorsupply.com/gordon-s-reg-permethrin-10-livestock-premise-spray-8-fl-oz--2212873

 

 

Mix it with water to a .5% concentration (1 ounce of 10% concentrate per 20 ounces of water), same as the commercial tick repellant, in a spray bottle and use the same way .

 

At $6.99 for 8 ounces of the concentrate, I can make almost a gallon of .5% spray, verses $16 for 24 ounces of the spray from Cabelas.

 

Same concentration, same results but MUCH cheaper than the commercial stuff!!!

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Real men use DEET! Real men (i.e. Aussies) use DEET as a deodorant, as aftershave, eyewash, mouthwash and buttwash! We brush our teeth with it, we clean out our earwax with it, we even burn down native villages with it! A bottle of DEET and a ZIPPO can clear thousands of acres! Real men use DEET! We don't need all that skin that God gave us, anyway! It takes away racist skin-color arguments by turning all men gray! What skin they have left, anyway! Real men use DEET! Get some from your nearest Army depot today! Available in convenient green plastic auto-leaking bottles!

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Buzz,

 

The permethrin is for treating clothes. It kills on contact. I still use a strong DEET spray as a repellent in addition to treating my clothes.

 

Bob :P

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Yes Bob. We used DEET overseas in the Army. It worked well but it could melt sunglasses and do all sorts of wonderful things! It did work well, though!

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I make my own Permethrin spray........bought the 10% livestock concentrate at a store like Tractor supply......

 

http://www.tractorsupply.com/gordon-s-reg-permethrin-10-livestock-premise-spray-8-fl-oz--2212873

 

 

Mix it with water to a .5% concentration (1 ounce of 10% concentrate per 20 ounces of water), same as the commercial tick repellant, in a spray bottle and use the same way .

 

At $6.99 for 8 ounces of the concentrate, I can make almost a gallon of .5% spray, verses $16 for 24 ounces of the spray from Cabelas.

 

Same concentration, same results but MUCH cheaper than the commercial stuff!!!

Good idea Mark. I use the oil based permithrin to spray my yard every year but i have never tried it that way. Im gonna have to pick up some of the water based and try it.

 

Ive used thermacell the last 3 or 4 years and it does work very good also.

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To late chiggers already got me. But I've got news for them. Thanks for the ideas guys.

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X2 on the ThermaCell. It works great. I will be hitting my tractor supply thanks for the idea.

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Only thing I can say positive about fire ants is that they came close to eradicating the tick population. When we used to hog hunt w/ bows down in Luling ,since one must be still in a tree that is covered with fire ants,we would wear leotards under our camos + dust ourselves liberally with diotonatious earth (sp).A natural insect repellent + totally nontoxic,you can even mix into your dried beans,rice,etc. to keep the bugs out,really. BTW,the pyrethrums work very well + are a byproduct of the Chrysanthamum flower. The reason for the few years of unavailablity + current price hike is because they are grown ,harvested +, processed in central Africa.
Where the local mug mugs have given over arrible land to war lord buddies who don't know squat about farming,business,etc. I'm sure now that our prez. is over there everything will be all right.

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