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Old 01-07-2020, 05:19 PM
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Humidity and temperature differences are negligible between any hilly areas of Arkansas. Certainly not enough to amount to an anthill of beans on how many bugs there are.
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Old 01-07-2020, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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Ticks are the real reason I spray all of the areas of my property where I walk (that is a little less than half an acre). Getting rid of chiggers and a few other nuisance insects is a plus.

I have read that ticks account for 77% of the insect borne illnesses in this country.

I got a few dozen ticks before I got them under control, but now I generally only use repellent if I am going anywhere outside of my "controlled" zone.

One of the people on this forum told me the humidity is less where they live, since they are further up the mountains than I am (I am around 700 feet).

I use permethrin around my house and other areas as well with a lot of success. It works and is cheap.


The person was probably me, I'm at 2150 feet and yes, it definitely makes a difference. When I'm in Jasper and drive home, which is 25 minutes of uphill most of the way, I can watch the thermometer on my truck dash keep going down, 6 degree difference usually. Also, up higher we keep more of a breeze and sometimes strong wind that keeps humidity down. I rarely see mosquitos and I am about as far in the "country" as one could imagine.
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Old 01-07-2020, 07:53 PM
 
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Did a lot of Fishing in southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas when I was younger...expect ticks.. we use to have tons on our legs just walking through tall grass to get to fishing spots...expect snakes as well.. as well as mosquitos lol
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Old Yesterday, 04:26 AM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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Did a lot of Fishing in southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas when I was younger...expect ticks.. we use to have tons on our legs just walking through tall grass to get to fishing spots...expect snakes as well.. as well as mosquitos lol
I have a neighbor who is a fishing guide, and he says to treat your socks and pants with permethrin.

I would add Deet as well. I use a small amount in key spots (like the back of the shoulders and neck for mosquitoes, if I am going to be around any lakes or ponds, not on my land). Basically, if you have been bitten by an insect, spray that area in the future.

Permithrin is cheep, if you know where to get it for farm animals.
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Old Yesterday, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I have a neighbor who is a fishing guide, and he says to treat your socks and pants with permethrin.

I would add Deet as well. I use a small amount in key spots (like the back of the shoulders and neck for mosquitoes, if I am going to be around any lakes or ponds, not on my land). Basically, if you have been bitten by an insect, spray that area in the future.

Permithrin is cheep, if you know where to get it for farm animals.
Deet mostly is all hubby uses and it seems to work just fine. It is important to use if whenever you are wandering around outside if you are prone to attracting chiggers. Jimmy, you may have been bothered more, depending on your age now, because they were not as many ways to protect ourselves as we know now
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Old Yesterday, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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I have a neighbor who is a fishing guide, and he says to treat your socks and pants with permethrin.

I would add Deet as well. I use a small amount in key spots (like the back of the shoulders and neck for mosquitoes, if I am going to be around any lakes or ponds, not on my land). Basically, if you have been bitten by an insect, spray that area in the future.

Permithrin is cheep, if you know where to get it for farm animals.

Sounds like you are using permethrin10, like found at Tractor Supply. Try permethrin sfr which is far more concentrated for spraying around your house, bushes, etc. I get it on amazon because it's not easy to find at the stores. It's rated for just about every living creepy crawly, even termites. I spray the permimeter of my house in 3 months and we never have any insects inside which is great for living so close to the tree line like we do.
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Old Yesterday, 12:00 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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I get the permethrin sfr from a store right down the road from me. It says it is rated for termites, sure, but it is very short lived. I do my own termite treatments, so I do something different and somewhat unique, but that goes beyond the scope of this thread.
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Old Yesterday, 01:04 PM
 
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Think it has to do with: chiggers don't really do much harm, just leave a lot of itching for some and ticks rarely do damage unless you get lime disease or tick fever. Most snakes are harmless but for many it is hard to tell the difference between a good and a bad snake.


Well, they're all good snakes.


If you mean venomous vs non venenmous, it's definitely not hard in the U.S. Though, many a watersnake gets killed for being "water moccasins" and other snakes that vibrate their tails on dry leaf litter (an evolutionary adaptive protection mechanism) gets themselves killed for being rattlesnakes.


Fewer than 1 in 10 calls I had responding to "rattlesnakes" in Wisconsin actually were rattlesnakes. Like, if you can't get that right.... yeesh.
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Old Yesterday, 03:21 PM
 
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Well, they're all good snakes.


If you mean venomous vs non venenmous, it's definitely not hard in the U.S. Though, many a watersnake gets killed for being "water moccasins" and other snakes that vibrate their tails on dry leaf litter (an evolutionary adaptive protection mechanism) gets themselves killed for being rattlesnakes.


Fewer than 1 in 10 calls I had responding to "rattlesnakes" in Wisconsin actually were rattlesnakes. Like, if you can't get that right.... yeesh.
Never had a problem with snakes.
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Old Yesterday, 04:42 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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Fewer than 1 in 10 calls I had responding to "rattlesnakes" in Wisconsin actually were rattlesnakes. Like, if you can't get that right.... yeesh.
But then, this ain't Wisconsin.
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