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It’s tick season, take precautions

Deer Tick, Adult Female - UMaine Cooperative Extension-Griffin Dill

Deer Tick, Adult Female – UMaine Cooperative Extension-Griffin Dill

They’re baaack!

This an update of an article posted almost exactly a year ago…

Speaking from personal experience, tick season did its usual early April arrival on the North Fork and the nasty little critters will likely stay active into September. Ticks prefer moist, brushy areas, but even seemingly dry, more open areas like the trail to Glacier View peak have their share of ticks right now.

Actually, Glacier View has more than its share of ticks. The lower reaches are absolutely infested with the little bloodsuckers right now.

So, precautions are in order. The basics are long sleeves, long pants, a hat and vigilance. Light colored clothing makes ticks easier to spot.

Pre-treating hiking togs with a permethrin based spray will actually kill ticks that get on your clothing. The treatment lasts through several wash cycles.

Insect repellent will keep flies and mosquitoes away, but won’t discourage ticks from hitching a ride. They’ll simply walk across repellent-treated areas in search of a tastier spot to dig in.

And, of course, check yourself and your gear thoroughly when you get home.

For more information, here are a couple of useful articles:

10 Important Ways to Avoid Summer Tick Bites (LiveScience)
Preventing tick bites (Centers for Disease Control)