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Some people like AVON Skin So Soft and Bug Guard Products for repelling ticks and insects. This fundraiser serves as a fundraiser and so that folks can order Avon repellents directly.

PREVENT TICK AND BUG BITES & ALSO HELP US TO RAISE AWARENESS!   A Fund raiser at no cost to you as you protect yourself from tick & bug bites!   Order AVON Skin So Soft, Bug Guard, etc., at: http://lymeawarenessfundraiser.avonrepresentative.com/  Register your name, email address, create a password & log in. Check the direct mailing box & your order will be sent directly to your home! (US & Canada) Avon donates a small percentage from their proceeds.

ANOTHER WAY YOU CAN HELP!  Please use our AmazonSmile link and Amazon donates .05% of your purchases to Empire State Lyme Disease Association, at no cost to you! It's so easy! When you shop Amazon, please go to our AmazonSmile link at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/86-1174542 

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To Remove a Tick

Do not squeeze or twist the body of tick or burn it or use any substance on it.
Grasp the tick close to the skin with tweezers and pull it straight out.
Use antiseptic on skin, wash hands and disinfect tweezers.

Record the date and any symptoms that may follow and see a physician familiar with tick borne diseases.

Please read labels and instructions carefully before using any tick repellent or other product!

With increasing numbers of potential Coinfections it is imperative to try not to get any more tick bites. Please consider using lots of prevention to avoid any more tick bites for you or your family. 

IMPORTANT: TICKS LIKE WET WEATHER!  If it is raining, the ticks may even be more active.  Be careful after it rains, when the weather is damp or the ground is wet, etc.  

If you are going to be outdoors, consider these things:

Usually the labels tell the story - with DEET read the labels to see how long an application will protect you - a lower concentration (for instance 7%) will only give you one to two hours of protection.  For children, "Family" Deet or "Child-Safety"  DEET products usually have a concentration of 7% or less.   Now, this is considered safe, but however, since the repelling properties of 7% DEET only last for 1 to 2 hours.  If a family has an all day outing, then, for the purpose of repelling ticks, it may be best to reapply the repellent and check the labels on other products with more concentrations.  Many use 25-30% DEET, but be careful that you and your child have no sensitivities to it.

Spray one’s skin with DEET or one’s clothes with permethrin containing insect repellent, wearing light-colored, long sleeves and long pants, and tucking pants legs into socks continue to be the best ways to avoid ticks attaching to the skin.

If you use Permethrin sprayed on clothing, please read the directions on the labels.  You can buy clothing that has been treated but read the labels on the clothing, too.  (hunting and sporting goods stores such as Cabelas or Orvis)*

[A plant-derived pesticide, Pyrethrum is a powerful, rapidly acting insecticide, originally derived from the crushed and dried flowers of the daisy Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium

Permethrin is a human-made synthetic pyrethroid. It does not repel insects but works as a contact insecticide.  In studies, both natural pyrethrum and permethrin were found to have relatively low toxicity levels in mammals. Some common permethrin containing product brand names are: Duranon, Permethrin Tick Repellent, Cutter Outdoorsman Gear Guard and Repel Permanone.]*  

Caution: While the chemical DEET is effective, misusing products containing it may cause toxic reactions.  When applying DEET to skin avoid the eyes, nose and mouth. Parents should take responsibility for applying any insecticide products to their children. Conservative use of low-concentration DEET products is usually most appropriate for children. In addition, take special caution to not expose pets, (some products can be toxic to certain animals) unless the products are specifically made for them.

Note Well: According to a study conducted by Dr. Fradin, “When DEET-based repellents are applied in combination with permethrin-treated clothing protection against bites of nearly 100% can be achieved.”  

Avon makes the product “Skin So Soft” bug guard Plus Picaridin Aerosol Spray which seems to have some popularity.

Considered "Natural"

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A vitamin B patch that is safe for children, waterproof and lasts up 36 hours and designed to keep away mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, etc. is said to work well except that one can smell like Vitamin B after a few hours. The name of the product is "Don't Bite Me Patch" see website www.dontbitemepatch.com The ingredients are vitamin B1 and aloe. According to the label Vitamin B1 metabolizes in the body to reduce human odors that can be attractive to insects. Some people also take a few supplements with high doses of B vitamins which is prescribed by a doctor.  (Lyme patients may have low levels of B vitamins.)

In addition, Products made with ingredients from the “Neem” tree, widely used in India for its pesticide/antimicrobial properties, may be a natural alternative. However, Neem's effectiveness is not as widely studied as DEET. 

Ticks do not like lavender - plant lavender and you can buy bath soaps containing lavender and lavender scented dryer sheets and clothes washing detergents are available.  You can use lavender scented soaps for washing clothes, hands, bathing, and in lotions, oils, etc.* You can put lavender dryer sheets in kids pockets.

Bath and Body Works makes an after shave product - that has rosemary and lavender oils in it and ticks hate both!  It is a scent that both men and women could wear but there is no data on any effectiveness as a repellent. 

Tea Tree Oil is said to repel ticks and peppermint repels flies.  Another theory is that ticks do not like the scent of Head and Shoulders Shampoo.

Do tick checks on everyone, including pets.  After an outing, to avoid ticks from spreading in your home, remove all clothes promptly including undergarments. They should be put through the wash cycle and dried. Always conduct family body checks after a day outdoors. Check pets too, use gloves to remove ticks from pets and remove using similar method as for people.

*Please note* that the name brands in this webpage are mentioned for informative purposes only and not as an endorsement by any member of Empire State Lyme Disease Association, Inc.

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One person used vinegar as a wash to remove embedded ticks that were too tiny to see, but other suggestions were to use dog flea and tick shampoo or lice shampoo such as Rid.*  If you can quickly take a photograph, for future references, it is advisable.
Following removal, get a dermatology evaluation. 

Some doctors suggest oral doxy (200-300 mg) for 3 weeks.

Another suggestion is to wipe down the affected skin area ASAP with clear ammonia (ouch) to neutralize larval toxins, As this can hurt, it is said that it is good that it is suggested to only do this once.  

Use a topical cream such as pure Caladryl Clear* instead of using steroids. 


Use the tick preventative products such as Frontline* or Advantix* or flea and tick collars for your pets. For tick bites, ask advice from your vet or take them to the vet.  If your pet seems sick, the possibility of tick-borne disease should be addressed.  Interesting that we were told that one vet even does hyperbaric oxygen therapy for Lyme disease in dogs.  


Spraying your property  Ask NIXTIX* or O'Kula* or a company that knows about ticks.   

O'Kula* in Suffolk County uses rosemary oil which repels and also kills ticks and is organic and safe. 

Or you can order Damminex or do it yourself and spray Permethrin onto cotton balls and place them into empty toilet paper rolls and place around your property. 

And you can do the spraying yourself, taking all necessary precautions (again, read directions) www.pestproductsonline.com  One Empire State Lyme Disease Association member uses the product called Eco Exempt and she sprays her property herself.

A wood berm around the perimeter of your property is also said to help repel ticks by creating a barrier whereas rocks/stones are said to attract them. 

Yellow Cedar trees are said to repel ticks.  


PREVENTION thank you to Elizabeth Rudd Greene for this article:

There are some steps that you can take to help drive ticks and mice that carry them out of your yard, and now is the time to get busy.
Any of these steps in any combination will help the situation. I found step one to be the most immediately effective, though.

Step 1. Spray with garlic spray. Garlic spray is available on the web or you can make it yourself. It was very effective for me last summer after I got bit. I had been carrying 2-3 ticks/week into the house from my yard. After two sprayings 3 weeks apart I only saw two ticks the rest of the summer. Start at the periphery  of your house and spray toward the outside of the yard, all bushes and the undersides of leaves overhead and your grass. It may cause spots on the petals of certain flowers. Then tell your neighbors, because you will probably be driving the ticks to their property. One bottle of Mosquito Barrier lasted me and my little quarter acre all summer. You can also use permethrin, but I think the garlic is safer. You can also plant garlic as an added protection.

Step 2. Use tick tubes. Damminix makes them. They contain cotton soaked with permethrin. The mice take the cotton for their nests and then the ticks don't bite the mice, or die when they do. I hear that cotton soaked with peppermint oil works to drive the mice away entirely. The tick tubes I placed in my shed in June were completely empty in September and I found the nest that had been made with them.

Step 3. Treat the deer. The feeding stations with insecticide rollers for the deer antlers are very expensive but effective. I couldn't afford a feeding station. What you can do is go to a feed store and buy some feed corn and a tube of ivermectin which is a horse wormer. I have about 3 deer in the back, maybe, I only see their tracks. so I mixed enough ivermectin for 250 lbs of deer with about 5 lbs of feed corn and set it out in a flower pot where I see tracks. I do this spring and fall. I'm kind of guessing but it's better than nothing. The deer eat the corn (I hope) and ivermectin in their system will kill the ticks that bite, I hope.

All of this makes great gifts for your friends and family who live near deer.
It's too bad the wildlife management people don't do more for the deer.

The Harman Woods News is at  http://therealharmanwoodsnews.blogspot.com.
Protect your yard. Spray with garlic. Use Tick tubes. Treat deer.
Elizabeth Rudd Greene



Home and Hospital Teacher

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There are 2 different types of natural sprays for lawn and shrubs which have received good reports: the rosemary one and the garlic based one found at www.mosquitobarrier.com . The garlic spray keeps away mosquitoes, deer and other animals.
According to a Wall Street Journal article dated 8/3/10, the CDC is working with the Conn. Agricultural Station to test the effectiveness of organic repellents such as rosemary, cedar and garlic on ticks.  The title was "More Tick-Borne Infections Begin at Home" - 8/3/10 - Wall Street Journal.

Another article:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20695287 (Spielman, Clifford, Piesman & Corwin),

We compared the application of IC2, a minimal-risk (25B) botanical compound containing 10% rosemary oil, with bifenthrin, a commonly used synthetic compound, and with water for the control of Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes dammini on tick-infested grids in Maine, in an area where Lyme disease is established and other tick-borne diseases are emerging.

High-pressure sprays of IC2, bifenthrin, and water were applied during the peak nymphal (July) and adult (October) seasons of the vector tick.

No ticks could be dragged on the IC2 grids within 2 wk of the July spray, and few adult ticks were found in October or the following April.

Similarly, no adult ticks could be dragged 1.5 wk after the October IC2 spray, and
few the following April. No ticks were found on the bifenthrin grids after either spray through the following April, whereas substantial numbers of ticks remained throughout on the grids sprayed with water.

Thus, IC2 appears to be an effective, minimum-risk acaricide to control
the vector tick of Lyme disease.

here are many things that one can do - however, there are reports of tick bites even when preventative measures were taken.  
So another caution is to try to stay out of tick-infested areas!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Safe Prevention For Lyme Disease?

Isolongifolenone: A Natural Repellent of Ticks and Mosquitoes
Researchers have identified a powerful insect repellent derived from a natural compound found in the Tauroniro tree (Humiria balsamifera) of South America. The compound, isolongifolenone, has been shown to deter biting of mosquitoes and to repel ticks, both of which are known spreaders of diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease.

The authors found that isolongifolenone deters the biting of the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti (L.) and Anopheles stephensi Liston more effectively than the widely used synthetic chemical repellent N,N-diethyl-3-methyl benzamide (DEET) in laboratory bioassays. Furthermore, it repelled blacklegged ticks and lone star ticks as effectively as DEET.Since "isolongifolenone is easily synthesized from inexpensive turpentine oil feedstock," the authors write, "we are therefore confident that the compound has significant potential as
an inexpensive and safe repellent for protection of large human populations against blood-feeding arthropods."In addition, a new, patented method developed by the authors to efficiently produce isolongifolenone would make it even more cost effective.


Excerpts from The Medical Letter Vol 31 (issue 792) May 19,1989. Insect repellents have been used on the skin for many years, primarily to prevent mosquito bites. With recent increased concern about Lyme disease, skin and clothing repellents are now also recommended for protection against ticks.

SKIN REPELLENTS: Currently available insect repellents for application to the skin (Off!; and others) are usually effective for one to several hours, but can be removed by absorption, evaporation, rain, sweating, swimming or wiping, and must be reapplied to maintain effectiveness. The most effective topical insect repellent known is N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide, commonly called " DEET". DEET repels a variety of mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks, fleas and biting flies; no topical repellent is effective against stinging insects, such as bees and wasps. A repellent commonly recommended is Cutters (Miles Inc.) which contains 21.85% DEET.

DEET Plus (Sawyer) which contains 17.5% DEET (mosquitoes), and 2.5% R- 326 (flies, fleas, etc.) is available.

An insect repellent is now available: Skedaddle (Little Point) that is EPA approved for children. Skedaddle contains 9.5% DEET with an added polymer. Skedaddle repels mosquitoes, flies, ticks, etc. and provides 4 hours of protection.

Other repellents effective against both mosquitoes and ticks, but less so than DEET, include 2-ethyl-.1,3-hexanediol (Rutgers 612) and dimethyl phthalate. Citronella-based repellents (Natrapel; and others) may provide short-term protection against mosquitoes, but are probably not effective against ticks.

A CLOTHING REPELLENT: Permethrin, actually a pesticide rather than a repellent, is used for treatment of lice and is also marketed as a clothing spray for protection against both mosquitoes and ticks. The aerosol is available in many areas of the USA as Permanone Tick Repellent*, sold mostly in lawn and garden stores or sports stores. Manufactured by Fairfield American in Newark, NJ and distributed by Coulston International, Easton, PA, it is non-staining, nearly odorless and resistant to degradation by light, heat or immersion in water. Also available from Coulston is Duranon Tick Repellent. This product contains permethrin, and repels ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes. Duranon provides up to 2 weeks of protection.*

CLINICAL TRIALS: A field trial conducted with US Air Force volunteers in an area of Alaska with a large population of mosquitoes, but few mosquito-borne diseases, tested both the new 35% long-acting cream formulation of DEET applied to both exposed skin and perrnethrin treatment of clothing. The DEET formulation provided greater than 99% protection for more than eight hours (a mean of four mosquito bites per person per hour), while a permethrin-treated uniform (0.125 Mg/CM2) alone provided 93% protection (78 mosquito bites/hour), compared to 1, 1 88 per hour with no protection; using both DEET on skin and permethrin on clothing provided 99.9% protection. (TH Lillie et al, J Med. Entomol., 25:475, 1988). Another trial conducted in Pakistan eight hours after application of the same long-acting DEET formulation found that the combination of DEET and permethrin-treated clothing provided 100% protection from mosquito bites; long-acting DEET repellent alone gave 89% protection (a mean of 3.9 bites), compared to 57% (1 4.8 bites) with treated clothing alone and 34.4 bites with no repellent (LL Sholdt et al, J Am Mosq. Control Assoc., 4,233. 1938).

An earlier field trial in Australia had found two long-acting repellents (3M Insect Repellent lotion, 33% DEET; Biotek Long-Acting Insect Repellent, 42% DEET) no more effective (56% and 61 % protection over 14 hours) than the standard military formulation of 75% DEET treated (54% protection) in preventing bites. Any one of the three used together with permethrin treated clothing provided the most protection (74%, 82% and 80%) (RK Gupta et al, J Am Mosq. Control Assoc., 3,556, 1987).

SKIN SO SOFT: A commercial concentrated bath oil, Avon, Skin So Soft,* has come into wide use as a "folk medicine" mosquito repellent. According to Medical Letter consultants, Skin So Soft* may protect against mosquitoes for as little as 30 minutes, and the safety of repeated applications of the concentrated bath oil to the skin is unknown.

CONCLUSION: DEET-containing insect repellents applied to the skin or clothing can prevent mosquito and tick bites, but DEET may cause allergic and toxic effects in children and adults, especially when used on the skin repeatedly in high concentrations. Wearing protective clothing treated with permethrin in addition to using DEET on exposed skin provides the greatest degree of protection against mosquito and tick bites.

excerpts taken from the University of Washington Medical Center

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Fairy Tales Hair Care Products are a unique blend of pure rosemary, citronella, oils, lavender and tea tree extracts that act as a natural deterrent to lice and other insects.  They usually have a monthly coupon savings.

*Please note that the name brands in this webpage are mentioned for informative purposes only and not as an endorsement by any member of Empire State Lyme Disease Association, Inc.