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
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?