Permethrin, a Top Choice for Tick Control
When I think about the negative impact a tick bite can have on a person, I immediately think of an old friend from my high school days. She was diagnosed with Lyme Disease back in our early teenage years. At the time, she battled the worst case of Lyme Disease in the country. And she continues to face serious struggles with it to this day. Her story, as well as those from many other friends battling Lyme Disease, have opened my eyes to just how serious a tick bite can be.
Lyme Disease, as well as Alpha-gal Syndrome (AGS), are two hot topics these days when it comes to health hazards found in the whitetail woods. The lesser known, Alpha-gal, has been in the spotlight more and more these days as a number of high-profile hunters have been diagnosed in recent years.
The Alpha-gal allergy, also known as the red meat allergy or tick bite allergy, is believed to be triggered by the lone star tick. It’s a serious, and potentially life-threatening allergy that can be found in meat (pork, beef, venison, etc.) and products made from mammals.
What’s the best solution for preventing these illnesses during your hunting and outdoor adventures? The answer is, Permethrin.
The stuff works like nothing else when it comes to keeping the ticks away. The key is to treat your clothes with a product like Sawyer Permethrin Fabric Treatment ahead of your hunt. But there are some things you need to know about using permethrin before you put it to use this season.
We reached out to our friends at Sawyer for more info on the permethrin product, and they had just about every question covered. Check out the info below for a look at what you need to know before you get started with permethrin.
September 13, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).