[CT Birds] TICKS
Mntncougar at aol.com
Mntncougar at aol.com
Thu Jun 1 21:06:56 EDT 2017
This post was kicked back as being too long so I eliminated my original
post. But in the meantime I learned that Lesley Roy is in the clothing
From: Mntncougar at aol.com
To: lesley at lesleyroy.com
CC: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: 6/1/2017 8:56:16 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Re: [CT Birds] TICKS
I think you'll find that BugsAway and other "permanent" insect repelling
clothing use permethrin as the repellent. And your TWO posts look
suspiciously like advertisements to me.
Permethrin has been used by our armed forces for something like 30 years
now, and if there were adverse effects I'm sure they'd have stopped using it
and we'd have heard about it. It needs to be used as directed.
In a message dated 6/1/2017 8:05:51 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
lesley at lesleyroy.com writes:
Ticks bug almost everyone...but not me!
I hesitated to weigh in, but it is far too important a subject. The
environmental impact of applying Permethrin onto your clothing is harmful to
humans and insects. I have used this on numerous trips in Central & South
America but have come to understand that it is truly a nasty solution to the
problem of ticks, and harms many other insects critical to our beloved birds
As a avid bird photographer, I have been known to camp out, "in the thick
of it" buggy spots for hours, if not days on end...usually as close to, or
flat out on the ground to get the shot!
My solution: I rely on a line of clothing called BugsAway. Often I am
wearing a hat, shirt, tank top, pants or shorts, a bandana, fingerless gloves
& socks all BugsAway and I can tell you: I don't even think about ticks. I
know these items are a little more expensive (but often on sale online),
as the repellent is treated right into the fabric. I feel compelled to ask
everyone to weigh the environmental impact of applying a highly toxic powder
or liquid that can come off in the field as we are moving about; against
the cost of buying preventative clothing that is a more environmentally
Also, I recently heard that using a lint roller rubbed with: Oil of Spike
Lavender and used in the field is also a great solution to remove ticks and
repel new ones, if you don't mind giving yourself the once over every now
Enjoy the outdoors and thank you for reading.
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