(01-19-2014, 06:01 PM)JayRodney Wrote: The tics here have TBE and lyme disease. I spent a week in the hospital after I got bit by one.
Gave me a headache worse than a migraine that wouldn't go away. They never found out exactly what it was, but they pumped me so full of antibiotics, that alone damn near killed me.
That's horrible JR, but I'm glad you pulled through it. But, from the article I posted I think using sticky tape and putting your clothes in the dryer after a jaunt in the woods are great ideas.
Also, from the video, a pyrethrin bug killer spray can be homemade from chrysanthemum flowers, or plants of that family. So, why not make your own spray, spray your clothes and put mason in a light fabric hoody? sprayed with the same solution, then check mason's legs and feet when you get home?
I use to make my own pyrethrin bug killer spray when I grew chrsyanthemums, and it worked very well.
More on this...
"Pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum [or Tanacetum] cinerariaefolium) is economically important as a natural source of insecticide. The flowers are pulverized, and the active components, called pyrethrins, which occur in the achenes, are extracted and sold in the form of an oleoresin. This is applied as a suspension in water or oil, or as a powder. Pyrethrins attack the nervous systems of all insects, and inhibit female mosquitoes from biting. In sublethal doses they have an insect repellent effect. They are harmful to fish, but are far less toxic to mammals and birds than many synthetic insecticides. They are not persistent, being biodegradable, and also decompose easily on exposure to light. Pyrethroids such as permethrin are synthetic insecticides based on natural pyrethrum."