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Stay Bug-Free With These Top Tick Repellents

Keep Lyme disease and other tick-borne ailments at bay with these expert-recommended bug repellents.

For a lot of summertime hikers and adventurers, the biggest risk they face comes from a seriously small bug. If you’ve spent much time outdoors during the warmer months, you’ve almost undoubtedly found a tick on you at one time or another. The tiny creatures thrive in forests and tall grass and have an easy time climbing onto your legs as you walk through their habitats. But it’s not the parasitic bug itself that can hurt you—it’s the diseases they carry, like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, climate change has expanded the range of ticks, and per a 2018 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tick-borne diseases had more than doubled between 2004 and 2016. It’s never been more important to keep them at bay.

Thankfully, the tech we have at our disposal to deter the creatures has also gotten better in that time. Hikers have an array of tick repellents to keep the bugs away, and there are lots of simple ways to make sure if a tick does grab ahold of you, you’re not at risk of contracting Lyme.

If you are interested in learning more, find the full article written by Ryan Wichelns here.

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July 7, 2022

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