Avoiding Mosquitos and Ticks While Hunting

Outdoor enthusiasts love spring. But amidst the joy of hearing a turkey gobble or seeing your bow fishing arrow hit true on a scaly target, there is one thing that can ruin the enjoyment: bugs.

Mosquitos may deliver more than an itchy bite this spring and summer. USA Today reports that meteorologists are predicting spring and summer conditions that could be ideal for a boom in the mosquito population that transmits the Zika virus. Not good news for the outdoorsman who frequents locales where mosquitos thrive: woods, ponds, marshes, swamps and other wetland habitats.

And we don’t have to tell hunters about the risks ticks carry. Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are threats to hunters who pursue game in the spring. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States.

Amid the doom and gloom of headlines this spring, there is a safe and effective methods to prevent insect-borne illnesses, and it doesn’t involve spraying down with 100% DEET that will ruin clothing and gear.

ScentBlocker, the constant innovator of hunting products and scent control technology, has perfected a formula to provide important protection from mosquitoes, ticks and biting flies with two specially formulated Sportsmen’s Strength products.

Members of the Wasp Archery staff have been using these bug sprays this spring around the country and can vouch for its effectiveness. Just this past week while on a turkey hunt in Kentucky, the stuff worked great. It turned out to be just as an important piece of gear to have on hand as a razor-sharp mechanical broadhead when turkey hunting. Ticks that crawled on the clothing, died within seconds after coming in contact with the Bug Blocker for Ticks treated clothing. One treatment before the night before the first hunt of the week created protection for the duration of the trip.

Here are some more tips for keeping ticks and mosquitos at bay when hunting, fishing or hitting the woods to hang tree stands or scout this summer:

  • Use repellents that contain 20& to 30% DEET on exposed skin and clothing for protection that lasts up to several hours. Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth.
  • Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Don’t use permethrin on skin.
  • Cover up. Wear long pants, long sleeves and long socks. Tuck pant legs into socks or boots and tuck shirts into pants to help keep ticks on the outside of clothing.
  • Check your body after being outdoors.