With summer on the doorstep and many of us preparing to head towards the countryside, it might be prudent to stop a moment and think about ticks. Apart from being irritated by these blood-sucking pests, we are also increasingly at risk of contracting diseases such as Lyme, or even Powassan, which can have long-term health implications. Global warming appears to be encouraging the little blighters and the chances of unintentionally bringing a few of these unwanted passengers home are on the rise.
Even though it may be sunny and bright, if you are heading cross-country, especially places where deer are prevalent, then it is prudent to wear long sleeves and trousers. Read more in this article on the dangers of ticks from Wired magazine.
To be doubly sure, or if you really want to wear shorts, then repellent really is a must. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has demonstrated that nootkatone is a highly effective agent against the ticks that transmit Lyme disease. However, prior to utilizing nootkatone as an active ingredient, it will be necessary to obtain regulatory approval from governing bodies. For more information, check out our nootkatone page to watch a short animated video explainer. We have also posted to this page a small segment extracted from actual video footage in a tick test to illustrate what happens when these biting pests encounter nootkatone on a human finger.