Ticks Watch out for them...
#16 Guest_Woodsball Freak_*
Posted 12 July 2008 - 11:28 AM
Limes disease is spreading like wildfire (No it's not contagious, it's spreading from the ticks to us) in northwestern Wisconsin. I saw a guy with a "bullseye" that covered his whole quad! It was basketball size.
Posted 13 July 2008 - 02:04 AM
#18 Guest_Woodsball Freak_*
Posted 13 July 2008 - 08:09 AM
If that's all you have to worry about, then that sure makes searching for ticks a hell of a lot easier.
Posted 30 July 2008 - 11:15 PM
I say check often, if you catch them before they bite they are a lot easier to deal with.
Also, try not to tuck your shirt into your pants, they hide in your waistband and then they go down your pants.
But I like Aussie_bloke's idea. Seams like a very simple and great way to keep them from biting.
Fire? Yes Please
Posted 31 July 2008 - 12:28 PM
Absolutely soak your BDUs in bugspray the day before.. let them dry overnight
Put tick collars around your wrists and ankles
Then tape/strap/rubber band your wrists and ankles shut.
Two years, tons of crawling in the 210, two ticks (they got in when I forgot to wear a belt.. crawled down my pants..)
Posted 31 July 2008 - 02:54 PM
Then, my left side of my face lost the ability to move, this i know is called Bells pausy. I imediatly went tot he E.R.
When i show up, i get a room, and Recieve over 12 needles to see whats wrong, I find out i have lymes disease, and contracted it up to 3-4 weeks ago, without knowing.
Now, i am released, have a cathader in my arm, and must be on medication for the next 28 days. I also cannot close my eye for a while because of theprevious problems...
I will be on later, then Im going to I.O.N at skirmish this weekend, no matter how sick i am...
Basicly, watch out for ticks after a day of play.
My grandmother has lyme disease now because she walked outside for two minutes to get the mail. Weird. I have had ticks all over me and none of them got to bite me. It was weird they just crawled on my arm hair and like got confused or something so I just flicked them off.
Posted 01 August 2008 - 10:43 AM
Ghost.Mob.One's May of 2007 Tick Post
Posted 08 September 2008 - 09:00 PM
The only known ticks known to transmit Lyme Disease are the Black Legged (aka Deer) and the Western-Black Legged Tick:
Avoid wooded, bushy and leafy areas. I can't see that happening on a woodsball field so, take the rest of this advice more seriously:
Take extra precautions in May, June, and July. This is when ticks that transmit Lyme disease are most active.
Wear long pants, long sleeves, and long socks to keep ticks off your skin. Light-colored clothing will help you spot ticks more easily. Tucking pant legs into socks or boots and tucking shirts into pants help keep ticks on the outside of clothing. If you’ll be outside for an extended period of time, tape the area where your pants and socks meet to prevent ticks from crawling under your clothes. If you're wearing SO Ultralights, or otherwise vented clothing, keep in mind that ticks can get through those ventilation holes easily just as easy as the breeze.
Use insect repellent with 20% - 30% DEET on exposed skin and clothing to prevent tick bites. Higher concentrations for longer periods of tick exposure and where the risk is high. 20-30% is good for that walk through the park. Most of us, while playing on a warm day will build up enough sweat to effectively 'rinse' off the DEET which is another reason why higher percentages are better. Apply only to exposed skin (putting it underneath clothing can increase the chance of some pretty nasty skin irritation), When you use an aerosol and pump spray, spray a little on your skin and then use your hand to smooth it evenly over the area. Otherwise follow the directions.
Permethrin is another type of repellent. It can be purchased at outdoor equipment stores that carry camping or hunting gear. Permethrin kills ticks on contact! One application to pants, socks, and shoes typically stays effective through several washings. Permethrin should not be applied directly to skin. Spray this stuff on your clothes (while not wearing them), let them air dry and it will last for up to six washings.
Remove ticks from your clothes before going indoors. To kill ticks that you may have missed, wash your clothes with hot water and dry them using high heat for at least one hour. Not good for paintball clothes so, another reason to use permethrin to keep them off in the first place.
Perform daily tick checks after being outdoors, even in your own yard. Inspect all parts of your body carefully including your armpits, scalp, and groin. Remove ticks immediately using fine-tipped tweezers or a tool designed to remove them like this one. I've also read that it's a good idea to put the tick in a sealed container, then put some isopropyl alcohol in the container when you get home. That way, should you get questionable symptoms, you can take the tick to the doctors and they can submit it for testing.
If a tick is attached to your skin for less than 24 hours, your chance of getting Lyme disease is extremely small. But just to be safe, monitor your health closely after a tick bite and be alert for any signs and symptoms of tick-borne illness.
Now for what I do:
I wear UnderArmor Heat Gear: long sleeve shirt, leggings, and skull cap, all treated with permethrin. I wear this since the openings (waist, ankles, wrists, neck) are all elastic with the shirt tucked into leggings, leggings tucked into socks. I wear this underneath whatever paintball clothes I am wearing (to include knee and elbow pads). I treat all my exposed skin (hands, neck, and around the perimeter of my face and, the scalp the skullcap doesn't cover) with Off! brand Deep Woods Sportsmen (98% DEET). Two years of frequent summer playing, I've been playing in Leesburg, VA (prime tick country) without a single tick (and I tend to crawl through brush rather than go around it). My setup might be pricey (especially considering how much UA costs) but, the basic concept can be done for much less (a physical barrier to your body, treated with permethrin, DEET on exposed skin).
I'm sure nothing is foolproof. It's all about minimizing your risk.