Re: Travel Medicine Insect Repellents Field Test
- --- In BackpackGearTest@y..., "Jeff Widman" <jeffwidman@v...> wrote:
> Itthen watching
> was very handy, especially for spraying right onto mosquitoes,
> them die.You should show a little remorse. Sounds like you enjoyed watching
> The only place I found ticks was in North Dakota. There were two
> ticks, big white ones, and Wood ticks. I don't know the name ofthe big
> white ones, but they were great big, ugly white things. Severalwere found
> on the horses, but no one ever found any on themselves.Unfortunately, (or
> fortunately,) I never had a chance to test the repellents againstthe big
> white ticks.things, about
> My testing was confined to Wood ticks, which are little red
> the size of the end of a pencil eraser. Whenever you walkedthrough grass
> and brushed up against the blade of grass they were on, theycrawled onto
> your leg. Some days I found six or seven ticks, some days I foundnone. I
> found an average of a tick a day. One particular time, I walked adistance
> of 300 yards and found seven ticks in a time span of less thanfive minutes.
> None of the repellents worked against these ticks. I surmise thatthe
> ticks' method of falling/climbing right onto whatever disturbedtheir
> resting-place meant that the repellents could not repel a touchbased
> acquisition method. Overall, the ticks were pretty common. Theywere a
> nuisance, but I had fun with them on the 'Arm of Death' (See thesection
> entitled Permethrin.) I also learned that the small sharp can-opener blade
> of my Swiss Army Tinker made a great tick decapitator.The big white ones were the little red ones before filling up with
blood. Also you might want to disenfect the can opener blade before
using it on a can. I hear ticks are nasty little critters.
I did spot a couple of grammer errors. Will get back to you on them.
--- In BackpackGearTest@y..., "Jeff Widman" <jeffwidman@v...> wrote:
Thanks to Ron Martino for giving me permission to wait until after my
seven weeks of North Dakota/Vancouver Island to write this report.
### Hi, Jeff, sorry about the confusion there. I now understand you
had indicated in your application that you would be gone during the
Field Test due date. I was given the job of Monitoring this test after
the applicants were chosen by Ron. (I do read almost every post, but,
strangely enough, I had not memorized the apps of all the potential
testers.) For future tests, if you think you might be unable to post
at the required times, just drop a quick note to your Test
Monitor--thanks. Oh, and Happy Birthday!
> (Please note: it would be best to let me know the changes privately,
as per the current protocol.)
### This will continue to happen on-list.
> I also need help identifying the two types of ticks that I found
### I am very happy to report that I will be of no use to you here,
since (thankfully!) there aren't any ticks in my stomping grounds. I'm
sure folks in tick-zones will have input for you.
> I will be categorizing this report into three sections; mosquitoes,
ticks, and flies. Within each section I will report on each specific
### Nice organizational concept; I like it.
> Deet is proven repellent against mosquitoes. Thus it came as no
> me when both Ultrathon and Fite Bite 30 repelled 95% of the mosquitoes.
### Consider changing to "Deet is a proven..."
> I surmise that the ticks' method of falling/climbing right onto
whatever disturbed their resting-place meant that the repellents could
not repel a touch based acquisition method.
### I take your meaning here to be that the ticks fall/climb onto your
body, and the repellent doesn't work to keep them from initially
contacting your skin. Did you find that the repellent also failed to
induce them to depart once they arrived?
### Thanks for the report, Jeff, and for taking the time and trouble
to edit it so well prior to posting. Good job!
Dawn, your Travel Medicine Monitor