Life and Adventures at Diamond W RanchIn my neck of the woods, ticks are a way of life. Summertime is all but here in the Midwest, and we are already on tick patrol after every outing.

I don't remember ticks being such a nuisance as a kid. Sure, we had one every so often, and the dogs always had a few. But they weren't as common, and tickborne diseases were a rarity.

However, tickborne diseases have tripled since the 1990s. Diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever that 20 years ago were considered rare, are now almost commonplace in some areas of the United States.

New diseases such as Heartland disease and Bourbon disease (named for Bourbon County, Kansas, where it was discovered) are emerging as well. The symptoms and possible long-term effects of these diseases is downright terrifying.

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Those of us who farm, care for livestock, hunt, garden, or take part in any other outdoor activities daily are especially at risk for getting tick bites. Preventing this from happening is our best defense against getting sick. The obvious and first advice given for prevention is to avoid areas where ticks are found.

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Permethrin is a great deterrent and killer for ticks and other bugs. Spraying your clothing is good but it washes off after 6 or 7 washings. We have discovered the company Insect Shield. They will treat your clothing with Permethrin using their proprietary method that allows the Permethrin to bond better to the clothing. You can wash Insect Shield treat clothing up to 70 times before the Permethrin wears off. Its a great solution for tick infested areas like the whole state of PA where I live. You can also purchase clothing already treated by Insect Shield from BugBeWear.

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Permethrin is a poison. Its an insecticide. It absorbs thru your skin. Anyone think about the connection to the exponential increase in use of insecticides on our persons and pets being the reason we (as a population) are more susceptable to all these, now, devastating diseases? You douse yourself with poison, it weakens your (or your kid's, critter's) immune system. Back when no one had heard of Lyme disease, et al, we didn't apply insecticide to ourselves and livestock like it was sun screen. There are organic, effective, safer alternatives.

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If you remove a tick, it's not a bad idea to put it into a medicine/prescription bottle or something like that, especially if it's been on you for a while. In the event you think you picked up a disease, you can provide the tick to your doctor for testing and confirmation.

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