Deet (or a 12 guage) WILL mess with their sensory mechanisms. You donít have to use very strong Deet if you are not going to be out there long. The stronger it is the longer it last but you should use caution with small children and only use what you need to protect them.
A pet tip: put some vinegar in your pets bath plus use a spray bottle with a mixture of water and vinegar on their legs and sides to help them not be so attractive to pest before tromping through the wood and dell. I use (since I wear sneakers a lot), gators and a spray bottle of vinegar so I will not be sooooo attractive and Boy does it work. Iím not even close to being attractive. Deet WILL eat up that plastic watch (anyone want to buy a drawer full of slightly used plastic watches with opaque crystals ?) Yes, Skeeters (Mosquitoes to those who can spell it) ARE attracted to dark colors and carbon dioxide, plus movement and light color clothing. I guess no clothing would be even worse. Chiggers (microscopic demon larva that emit a saliva that liquefies your flesh ) hang out as far as they can just waiting for Geoíers, who donít tuck in their pant legs or wear Gators or who hate long sleeved shirts (like me), to brush by. I donít mind if they hitch a ride on the outside of my pants but not on the inside. Yep! I sure know a lot about chiggers, and ticks, and skeeters and horse flies, and snakes, and spiders, and scorpions, and poison ivy, and poison sumac, and black nats, and poison oak, andÖÖ.
That my friends, is why I mostly roam around in the winter.
In the winter, being attractive is NOT a bad thing ;)
In the 1920's Gators were know as SPATS and quite the fashion statement Gators are great way of protecting against other nuisances in the wilds as well. AND Amen to the winter tromping that is our motto as well.
That still does not tell me what Gators are.hahahahahahaha
Gators are cloth thingamajiggies that cover the top of your
boots and your pant legs.
Well, sort of.
Hikers wear a type (elastic or drawstring) that goes from
the boot top to over the calf or even over the knee (for
those who wear hiking shorts) that is made of material that
will stop briars, thorns, ticks, chiggers, etc. You can get
them that are snake proof. Mine are stretch camo that I
bought to keep chiggers from hitching a ride on the inside
of my pants. (I noticed mine also repel Ticks, Chicks,
Turkey, Deer, most species of Fish, and Elephants)
I have seen them made from "Ripstop" (good choice),
leather, plastic, or mesh (mosquito netting). A friend who
wore out the seat of his hunting pants cut the legs off and
with a little elastic, uses them as gators.
Back in the "Good old days" people tied rags around their
ankles that were soaked in kerosine. :( gators R better :D
Chicks and Tiggers, 8O
I like Chicks and Tiggers
cause my :arrow:
TIGGR IS A CHICK. :D
You can get it at any
Army Surplus store,
I mix it with Deep Woods Off.
pharmacetical Sulfur Powder helps as well.
The link that was on GeoArk1 didn't show gators when I went to it so I put another link. Try this one:
http://www.mackspw.com/item.asp?id=&im= ... ICK_GATORS
Gators are a wonderful invention and work well for kids too.
After seeing all the post I got a Army Surplus mag out and found them. I've seen them before I just did not know what they were called. Thanks All.
Speaking of Ticks...
What is the best way to get all the seed (baby) ticks off?
I was out caching yesterday (No off,Deet, etc) and when I got home I noticed my feet were covered in the little buggers. I instantly jumped into the bath, and thought that helped, but after work last night, I noticed my feet were burning, & itching. When I got home and took my sock off I saw that my feet were still covered, and that some had worked their way up. I finally broke down and scratched them all off, (Which I know is a big No-No).
Is there a better way than tweezers to get these little ones. Especially when there are so many. (I had about 20 or 30 per foot)