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    Motherfahhkin Ticks

    Another season, another tick bite. Rode friday at land lock and the next day noticed a tick on my thigh. Figured it was too early in the season for them to be a problem. I thought wrong. Wear your bug spray people! Every time! Now we wait.

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    I ride the LLF a lot but mostly Cape Cod. Ticks get active once temps are over 40 but know of people picking up ticks year round. Yes. Use your spay.


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    Careful out there, we don't just have deer ticks anymore, plenty of documented Lone Star ticks and my bosses wife can no longer eat meat because of it.

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    Seems like they're a more hearty breed nowadays. They don't die during winter, just become dormant. Lyme disease is becoming increasingly common in central MA. Be careful out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonez3113 View Post
    Another season, another tick bite. Rode friday at land lock and the next day noticed a tick on my thigh. Figured it was too early in the season for them to be a problem. I thought wrong. Wear your bug spray people! Every time! Now we wait.
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    We have them in Scotland too, my son got bitten at a trail centre last year. He got a dose of aunties bionics and thankfully nothing came of it. I've bought a LOT of bug spray now. Probably worse for you than the ticks!

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    Thanks for the heads up. I've been going to LLF a lot early on. I never really thought about bug spray.
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    I used this https://sawyer.com/products/permethr...ent-treatment/ while hiking on the AT and it seemed to work well. Supposed to last several washes too.

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    I ride at Willowdale and got a tick couple years back.. really scary! The rash was ugly and itched (even after for along time ) even though the doc said probably no lyme it wasn't a sure thing and he gave me the med cycle.

    Did my research after, so I can be better prepared and am now using the Sawyer's Permethrin on shoes, socks, and shorts..especially the first two! .anything below the waist where the highest chance of picking up a tick is. I do my tech fabric shirts too during height of tick season. Permethrin is desirable because it kills them when they crawl up on it in less than a minute usually and the regular insect sprays only attempt to repel them and not always succeed.

    What I found out is they are active at temps above freezing and I actually got it in early november after a few hard freezes the night before so I wasn't using the bug spray. As I read the thread I took a break, went down to the garage and resprayed my shoes and socks ! Not to procrastinate and then go riding ...not taking chances anymore ! They not only suck, they are damn right dangerous ! AND ALWAYS check yourself well ...I had but as I ran my hands over my shuins I remember feeling it and discounting it as a scab from having caught my flat pedals on my shins that day (didn't have the glasses on too ) and I was very wrong, could have got it off me a lot easier had I just taken the time to inspect and not assume it was from my pedal. Just my experience, hope it can help someone to remember.

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