Babbs in the Woods: Getting Ready for the Battle of the Bugs
And I haven’t even been out in the woods for hours upon hours turkey hunting yet. I’ve just been out in the woods, walking trails, looking for turkey signs, busting flocks of them and setting blinds. And already I’m as itchy as all get out, with chigger bites and briar scratches and a touch of poison ivy. Even though I wear long sleeves and long pants, I am starting to look like a scabbed-over junkie.
I always spray my clothes and boots with Permethrin, and I’m really thinking of wearing pantyhose in the woods this spring – courtesy of a tip from Brenda Valentine at the National Wild Turkey Federation’s last convention. I thought I’d given up the pantyhose regimen, but thankfully, I hadn’t thrown them all out.
I’m taking an antihistamine to help control the outbreak and of course, hayfever, since Mother Nature decided to “spring” spring upon us early this year. My doc told me to look for Permethrin-based laundry detergent, but I can’t find it anywhere online. I guess I’ll just douse my hunting clothes, pack, boots and vest liberally with Permethrin outside, the day before I set out, and let it dry. Then, I’ll wash those clothes gently and separately and ….
What do you do to keep the lil’ critters off your body in the woods?
Just tell me what you do that works for you afield and you might win a very handy hanky – specifically, an Insect Shield bandana – made with repellent technology that provides invisible and odorless protection against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) through 70 launderings. According to the company, “Insect Shield® Repellent Gear technology is proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas through six months of constant exposure to weathering (sun/rain). In partnership with a number of agencies and international relief organizations, Insect Shield technology is being used for apparel and other items that people use daily to aid in protection against insects.”
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