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It's a good theory, but his skin must be vastly more sensitive 
than mine because I haven't at all found that to be the case, 
either with deer ticks or even big fat dog ticks.  Especially 
since those bare legs are getting brushed constantly by the stuff 
you're walking through and accumulating seeds and other debris on 
your skin.  It's beyond me how you could sort out the sensation 
of a tiny weeny tick crawling up your leg from all that other stuff.

I know someone who went out walking in a grassy area in shorts 
and an hour later discovered several dozen big dog ticks You Know 
Where, and she never felt them on their long journey up her legs.

Jane


Susan Fogleman wrote:

> Jane, et al. --
> 
> I haven't really been "brave" enough to try this, but I know a guy who
> swears that wearing shorts into the field works the best because you can
> then FEEL the little blighters when they're crawling on you and then take
> measure to remove them/do them in.  In a way, this does make sense, because
> they don't bite right away.
> 
> Secretly shuddering in tick-infested NH,
> Susan Fogleman
> 
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jane Stein
> Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2010 7:09 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Ticks
> 
> Look at the label, etc., first.  Mine may be a more primitive 
> early version...
> 
> I'm pretty sure, though, that the anti-tick stuff has a limited 
> lifespan in the washing machine, though there may now be clothes 
> that can take more than a dozen washes.
> 
> Personally, I stay out of tall grass, wear the socks when I 
> really need to go into tall grass-- and "go native," as you 
> suggest!  (Actually, the foot part is inside the shoe, so one can 
> wash that and leave the part that goes up the leg be.)
> 
> Jane
> 
> 
> 
> Mundi Smithers wrote:
> 
> 
>>Oh dear ... perhaps I'll just 'go native' and not wash them ?????
>>
>>
>>
>>the anti-tick stuff doesn't last for more than a fairly limited number of
>>washings, I think with mine it's 12.
>>) 
>>
>>Mundi
>>Pownal
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> 
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