Tim says, contrary to popular opinion, deer ticks carrying Lyme Disease are not the only kind of tick you need to watch out for. There are many different species across the country that can carry not only Lyme Disease, but also Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and other hard to diagnose maladies. Tim says that this time of year is prime time for egg mass, where ticks hatch out and are often referred to as “seed ticks”. Outdoorsmen and women can often find themselves picking up 20 to 100 tiny ticks in an instant. These tick larvae emerge and can often begin to bite humans right away. Tim says that ticks generally hang on to their host for about 3 days before dropping off and molting. Upon closer inspection a person can tell if they have been bit by a (baby) larvae tick or a (nymph) adult tick by looking at the number of legs. Tim says that baby ticks only have six legs before their first molt, after feasting on a host and molting they then grow an extra two legs. So, if you have been bit by a tick with eight legs, that means that particular tick has fed off of another host and molted prior to biting you which makes it a much more likely carrier of disease. So, it would seem natural that outdoor lovers would want to protect themselves from nasty diseases by wearing commercially available insect and pest repellants. Many people are reluctant to wear chemically and/or synthetically based compounds, however Tim says he would much rather take his chance with repellants than the horrible diseases that ticks can carry and pass on to humans. Find out more about avoiding potentially dangerous bug bites this spring from Tim MacWelch, author of The Ultimate Bushcraft Survival Manual.
For more on Tim or to find out about his survival classes visit www.AdvancedSurvivalTraining.com. Tim is also Outdoor Life's Survival Blogger and you can check that out at www.OutdoorLife.com/survival and he now teaches online survival classes at www.OutdoorLifeU.com.