It's time to talk about ticks and mosquitoes
If you want to enjoy Missouri's trails, lakes, rivers and other outdoor activities, consider arming yourself against ticks and mosquitoes.
Outdoor enthusiasts are aware of products that use permethrin, an insect repellent that is sprayed on clothing, gear and tents, said Becky Matney, assistant manager at Runge Nature Center. Permethrin is not to be used directly on skin.
"If you're fishing, hunting, scouting, this is what you would use," Matney said. "At Missouri Department of Conservation, if we're doing outdoor field work, our clothes are treated with permethrin before going out in the field."
Continue reading Joe Gamm's tips on tick and mosquito prevention here.
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Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.
Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.
The number of bug-borne diseases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of places they're spreading to is also on the rise.
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