Insect Shield is a proud supporter of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Together we are partnering to spread awareness about tick prevention strategies and how to minimize the risks of Lyme disease.
What are the best ways you can protect yourself from ticks while enjoying the A.T. and when hiking in general? Here are five of our recommendations. Keep in mind, many people never know they are bitten by ticks. Prevention is key!
How to Avoid Ticks on the Appalachian Trail1. Wear clothing treated with permethrin, which repels ticks. Here are some options:
- Spray permethrin on your clothing, boots, and any gear that touches the ground
- Purchase clothing pre-treated with Insect Shield permethrin repellent from our brand partners or your local outfitter.
- Send your clothes to Insect Shield and we will treat them for you.
3. Conduct frequent tick checks, paying special attention to underarms, behind the knees, scalp, ears, pelvic area, between legs, and belly button. A backpacker should carry a mirror to examine hard-to-see areas.
4. Shower as soon as you can after coming indoors and put clothes in dryer on high heat for 60 minutes to kill any remaining ticks when possible.
5. Avoid tick habitats. Walk in the center of the trail, stay away from brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter, and avoid sitting on the ground or logs. Take rest breaks at shelters or on a blanket or ground cloth that’s been treated with permethrin.