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Bug Off: Ark-La-Tex In Depth

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The Ark La Tex is home to areas rich in natural habitat just ready for hunters or lovers of the outdoors. As you enjoy the beauty of nature remember a few tips to help make your trip down the hiking trail a better experience in this Ark La Tex In depth report.

 They may be small and almost invisible to the naked eye, but before you go outdoors get the inside scoop on ticks, redbugs and spiders, Bob Boykin is a professor of natural sciences at Bossier Parish Community College.He says "Anytime you are in the woods you are in their habitat. To the tick you are food source as well. They are out there and want to get that moisture."

Dr. Tom Arnold of LSU Medical Center states "The two spiders that we worry about in Louisiana are the Black Widow and Brown Recluse. Those would have almost immediate discomfort. Things that take a little bit longer to notice are the ticks that can carry all sorts of diseases.

And then there are pest that are almost virtually too small to be seen by the naked eye.

Ricky Kilpatrick of the LSU Ag Center tells KTBS "They are all bad. The ones that have the most problem with are chiggers or the redbugs. Seems like I am a magnet to those things. And they have been bad this year. I would say worse than average. It probably has to do with probably to do with our early weather. We are wishing for rain now but when we had rain in the spring and early part of the summer that probably propagated them."

So we know those little biters are out there, so how about repellant about repellant

Dr. Arnold says "There are plenty of products out there to help us. First there are products that help from being bitten. Insect repellants and those sorts of things. Good clothing that just covers all your areas tightly is important."

Ricky Kilpatrick adds"One of the things that I have had luck with in my years out in the woods is sulfur. You can take sulfur and put it in a sock and dust it around your ankles."

 

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