Ticks are a nuisance when you are hiking, camping, or just enjoying a barbeque outside. So whats the best bug spray for ticks? A strong, but safe insect repellent is important for any outdoor adventure. We recommend Off! Deep Woods Sportsmen with 30% DEET. DEET blinds the tick’s olfactory receptors for 1-octen-3-ol, which can be found in human skin and breath. The higher the DEET concentration, the longer you can go without being bitten by ticks and other insects. However, no one should use a bug spray that contains more than 30% DEET as this chemical can be harmful to the skin. Furthermore, you should never use bug spray on broken skin because DEET is a chemical that can irritate the wound. When dealing with small children, use lower concentrations of DEET because their skin is more vulnerable and they may accidentally ingest some. Use stronger repellents for hiking and camping trips and weaker repellents for a short walk outside. Like sunscreen, the rule with bug spray is the use just as much as you need. This is especially important with bug spray because it can be harmful to humans in large amounts. Always wash off bug spray immediately after you are done with outdoor activities.
You should take further steps to prevent ticks from biting you. Wear bug repellent clothing that has been treated with permethrin. It prevents ticks and other bugs from biting you through clothing. Wear closed shoes and a hat. Cover up as much exposed skin as possible, especially on your legs; wear pants and tuck them into your shoes so that tick cannot crawl up them. You also want to check you entire body after going through woods or grassy areas. Also, check yourself again before entering your home. Bringing ticks inside is that last thing you want! If you need to contact a pest control service, TalkLocal can help you find help immediately.