The Best Tick-Repellent Clothing to Ward Off Big, Bad Bugs
Keep the bugs off as you camp, hunt, or hike on.
If you’re gearing up to go hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, or otherwise enjoy the great outdoors, you should get ready to deal with the nuisance and perils of ticks. Along with biting insects like chiggers, black flies, sand fleas, gnats, midges, and mosquitoes, ticks can latch onto an unsuspecting hiker and infect them with an array of lethal diseases, such as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded more than 50,000 reported cases of tickborne diseases in 2019.
If you’re going to spend the day in the woods, you should take steps to protect yourself. In addition to conventional defenses like insect repellents, you can buy clothing designed and chemically treated to minimize your risk of getting targeted by ticks. We’ve put together a primer with a long list of the best tick-repellent clothing and accessories that we’ve tried and recommend, so you can walk the woods with confidence.
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