I was on the bikers road between Chaffee and Ben Geren park. 8O We have a hard time with repellents because we worry about chemicals with the kids. They love caching though, so we have to find something. Somone told me that the ticks are so bad in that area because of the large deer population?
It's interesting that you mention the Ft. Smith area. Were you at Ft. Chaffee, by any chance? Last summer, I was geocaching there and picked lots of ticks off me all day long. After getting home that evening, I had my wife check me and she picked off at least a dozen more! Shocked A few days later, I started feeling pretty bad (flu-like symptoms). Crying or Very sad After hearing about the ticks, my doctor ran a blood test and it confirmed I had picked up some kind of virus. A shot and a prescripiton later (about 1 week), I was back to normal. So beware the Ft. Chaffee ticks! -- ORR
That makes me feel great 8O I was on the bikers trail between Fort Chaffee and Ben Geren Park. I didn't have to trek far but I was absolutely covered. Creepy. We have a hard time with repellents because of the kids. Everything that we try just doesn't work. Well as a repellent anyway. Maybe as tick attractant. We are going back in a few weeks to try some caching in Chaffee. There's a bunch there. Why are they so bad?