Tick Busters

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT)
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT)

Pratt, KS -(AmmoLand.com)- There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to tick prevention – the only guarantee is that ticks will be around – but a proactive approach can minimize the potential for lifelong health issues, and reduce these pests to a simple, minor annoyance.

Tick numbers usually peak in early June, but depending on spring temperatures, they can be common from April through July. If you spend time in the woods and in grassy areas, you’re going to attract ticks. And we know that in addition to being bloodsucking pests, they can spread serious blood-borne diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. So how do you protect yourself?

Start by wearing light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants. Keep the pantlegs tucked into your socks. Do periodic checks and be sure to examine yourself after your outing.

Use a repellent. Most people who spend time outdoors are familiar with the ingredient DEET, contained in many commercial insect repellents. It can be sprayed directly on your skin, and repellents that contain 20 percent to 30 percent DEET will repel ticks for several hours. Permethrin is another option. Unlike DEET, which only repels ticks, permethrin causes muscle spasms, paralysis, and death for ticks if they touch it or consume it. Permethrin-based products currently on the market can also last up to six washes, making a bottle go a long way. And the best part? It’s odorless; however, because of its potent abilities, permethrin can only be applied to clothing and fabric.

Permethrin-based sprays can be purchased at most major retailers and is roughly the same price as popular repellents containing DEET. Look for a spray that contains at least 0.5 percent of permethrin. Pre-treated clothing containing permethrin is also available.

When treating clothing with permethrin on your own, be sure to read the instructions carefully. Apply the spray in a well-ventilated area, or outside. Then, let clothes air-dry by hanging them up on a line, or by leaving them out on a porch or outdoor table. Once dry, the treated clothing can be worn immediately.

The next time you embark on an outdoor adventure, make sure you’ve got the right spray, and prevent these tiny critters from creating big problems.

About the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism:

As a public steward of the Kansas natural resources, the mission of the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is to: Conserve and enhance Kansas natural heritage, its wildlife and its habitats–to assure future generations the benefits of the state’s diverse, living resources; Provide the public with opportunities for the use and appreciation of the natural resources of Kansas, consistent with the conservation of those resources; Inform the public of the status of the natural resources of Kansas to promote understanding and gain assistance in achieving this mission.

For more information on KDWPT, please visit www.kdwpt.state.ks.us.

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thanks for the info, I’m allergic to the bites


Best to pull a tick out, when you let him back out the deer tick emits the lime disease protein to soften the skin so the tick can exit, you are then infected with the protein (lime disease)

Wild Bill

Hunter427, that “Best to pull a tick out…” stuff sounds suspiciously like an analogy to leftist politicians and judges making their get-aways.


Sawyer gets thumbs up from me too, learned about it from a amateur radio mentor who was very active in search and rescue, he owned two bloodhounds and has since retired from s&r.


Sometimes, you will get a tick no matter what you do. When that happens, a product called “Chigger-Rid” will kill it and allow it to removed safely. The last thing you want to do is pull off a tick and leave his head embedded in your skin. You can buy it at the pharmacy counter but, you usually have to ask for it. It is a small bottle of a thick sticky liquid that contains menthol and camphor. Just use the dabber inside the cap to cover the tick. The thick goo will cut off the ticks air supply causing… Read more »

Frank G

Thanks for the info Mike,
It’s rare to get one, but no question there will be one in my go bag for sure. Wonder if it will work on my beloved Springers Camo and Ziva. (ha)


I wonder if it would work on the troll “superwoman”. There’s probably another way getting ‘rid’ of this vermin!!!

Wild Bill

Thank you for your service, Mike. Twenty-two years in the infantry… ouch.
And @ Glennon, he is vermin, but he is our vermin. Opponents that stupid are hard to find.

Frank G

Great article. When working around yard Deet is the way to go. Direct spray legs arms shorts socks foot ware etc quick application good to go in the hot weather. Now when it comes to hunting gear no question Permethrin is the only option. Heavy clothing long hours in the stands. It works PERIOD! More then once noticed a tick walking up my boot it made it up about half way and fell off dead. Lets face it we don’t wash our heavy gear every time out the Permethrin lasts a long time and thru washings as well. I’ll spray… Read more »