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Are you at all worried about ticks/mosquitos?(20 posts)

Are you at all worried about ticks/mosquitos?lanternrouge
Aug 29, 2002 8:35 AM
My wife is driving me crazy. She so concerned about West Nile virus, St. Louis virus, Lyme disease, rodent parvovirus and she worries about my riding.

My reaction is that it is extremely unlikely anything will happen. I use Off w/DEET.

I was curious, are you concerned? What measures do you take to reduce the risk of contact?
risk of contact with what....?african
Aug 29, 2002 8:51 AM
your wife?
risk of contact with what....?lanternrouge
Aug 29, 2002 9:00 AM
LOL, guess I pitched you one low & outside and you drove it otta 'da park.
risk of contact with what....?african
Aug 29, 2002 9:17 AM
Sorry, yeah I was not sure how you would take it. Good sport you are. Cheers.
Ticks no, as for Mosquitos - thank God for winter...jose_Tex_mex
Aug 29, 2002 8:52 AM
I don't worry too much about ticks. During the fall and winter we do a lot of mtb riding. However, ticks are normally only a real problem during the spring which is when we head back to the road. Even in the summer time I have never had a problem.

If you are concerned about ticks, it is probably better that you don't shave your legs. It's easier to feel them crawling when you have hair.

As for mosquitos - I don't worry about them too much. Hopefully, you have a winter and don't have to deal with them year round. As for WNV, it appears to be a low % of people who get the virus actually have major problems.

I am still more concerned with cars!
Ticks no, as for Mosquitos - thank God for winter...lanternrouge
Aug 29, 2002 8:58 AM
Yeah, cars are my biggest concern too.

(In a way, I am glad she is worried about ticks & mosquitos - at least she doesn't bring up the car issue as much. I tell her to save a worry, but I think it is just part of her nature.)
RoadBicycling - not a high risk activity for a bug bourne virus.Scot_Gore
Aug 29, 2002 8:57 AM
There's always a risk of infection, no matter what you do, but, IMHO Road Biking is not a high risk behavior.

Just like AIDS, certain higher risks activities or behaviors lead to a higher chance of infection and nothing can protect you down to a 0% chance of infection.

West Nile - transmitted via mosquitos that are mostly active at dusk and dawn. So, if you ride at dusk and dawn it increases your risks.

Lyme: Transmitted by ticks that hang out in tall grass and wooded areas. Off road mountain biking = big risk Pavement biking = less risk.

You get the idea. Mowing the lawn is a higher risk activity than road biking for any of the above diseases IMHO.

I'd like to say that I reduce my risk by travelling at speeds over 20 MPH without stopping for 5 hours, but that just aint so...... but your wife might buy it :-)

Scot
good idea...lanternrouge
Aug 29, 2002 9:15 AM
"reduce risk by travelling at speeds over 20 MPH without stopping for 5 hours..."

I might try that one - but then she would worry that I will get heatstroke or something...

me: Don't worry, honey, I will ride so fast those damn mosquitos won't even bother.

wife: Oh, I never thought of that...hmm, but you don't want to exert yourself too much - I read that with all this heat we have been having, people are getting heatstroke.

me: Don't worry, honey, I will make sure I take a break and drink lots of liquids.

wife: Oh, you need to do that...hmm, but when stop, the mosquitos will probably get you then.

me: Don't worry, honey, I got protection (show her can of OFF)

wife: Oh, make sure you use it...and watch out for those cars, you know how much it worries me!

me: I will and save a worry, OK, honey? (waves goodbye)

wife: Be careful (as she worries anyway)
re: Are you at all worried about ticks/mosquitos?netso
Aug 29, 2002 9:05 AM
I am the Superintendent of Public Works for a city in Florida. I am in charge of the Mosquito program. The chances of you contracting West Nile etc. are very slim.
If you ride at night or at dusk your chances go up, however only negligibly. I notice you wear DEET. Do not worry, Just ride!
re: Are you at all worried about ticks/mosquitos?liebejungen
Aug 29, 2002 9:48 AM
I use a product made by Sawyer call Permethrin. It is a treatment that you put on your clothing that not only repels, but kills ticks, mosquito's, and others. One applications to a set of clothes lasts for 2 weeks, even through washing.

It works great! I was on a backpacking trip in the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks mtn's and when my friends were fending of blackflies, i was placedly enjoying the hike.

Oh, and it is scentless too. Check it out!
thx, where is it available? (REI?)lanternrouge
Aug 29, 2002 9:58 AM
I was curious whether there was something on the market that took care of both ticks & mosquitos as well as could be applied to your clothing.

Sounds like a winner!
thx, where is it available? (REI?)liebejungen
Aug 29, 2002 10:06 AM
I get mine at my local outdoor outfitter, but you can also get it from www.sawyerproducts.com .

It has a great poduct expaination on their too worth reading..
thx, where is it available? (REI?)liebejungen
Aug 29, 2002 10:10 AM
Yes, it is available on Rei...

http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?productId=6388&storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&langId=-1
I picked up Lyme Diseasefiltersweep
Aug 29, 2002 10:02 AM
It was no big deal- just take antibiotics for 3 weeks. Honestly, the only thing I do outdoors in road bike- and I live downtown in a major city... don't even have a yard.

Lyme Disease is only dangerous if left untreated. Many DNR workers pick it up several times a year... it is merely an occupational hazard to them.

West Nile virus? Good thing you are not a horse. I think your wife is just generally concerned about you... probably more concerned about you being hit by a car, but it is "unthinkable" to even say that.
Sounds to me like a way to back into an issue.dzrider
Aug 29, 2002 10:37 AM
You know, it's not the time or your attachment to riding, it's concern for your safety. What's the answer? Shrink wrap yourself? Ride in a lycra burka?
Sounds to me like a way to back into an issue.lanternrouge
Aug 29, 2002 10:47 AM
nah, just a bit a tongue-in-cheek razzing I get from my wife. She is a great supporter but tends to worry if she doesn't have all the facts. That Sawyer stuff sounds like it might be just what I need to get back the harmony.

...at least until something else comes up...
More worried about swallowing a beeKenS
Aug 29, 2002 12:34 PM
I've run into and had bees bounce off my face on several occasions.
I ride with a severe (possibly fatal) bee sting allergyjohnnybegood
Aug 29, 2002 3:01 PM
About 15 years ago I was talking to a riding partner and overtook a bee. Into my mouth and stung me in the back of the throat. 15 minutes later I collapsed and was taken to the ER unconscious. 5 months ago overtook a bee while riding alone, impacted me on bicep. He hung on and while I was trying to get him off at 20 mph he stung me through the shirt. I suffered a severe local reaction and had hives all over for a week. Overtook a bee 3 months ago, impacted me through the vent hole in my helmet and stung me on impact in the forehead. I passed out within 2 minutes and went into severe anaphylactic shock. He was watching over me and a jogger called 911. ER doctor said that if paramedics had not injected me with epinephrine and benadryl I would have died in a few more minutes. Now I have screens in my front helmet vent holes, wear a visor, carry an epinephrine auto-injector and an inhaler of albuterol in my pack, and take Allegra every day. I have started a series of allergy shots to reduce my reaction (it will take 3 years), BUT I'm still out there M-F for my 15 miles!
West Nile=> 20people dead out of how many billion?Spinarooni
Aug 29, 2002 2:50 PM
Odds are you will be find. Only the obese and the elderly should really worry. Give your wife some Paxil.
Yes, for a good reason, Why I switched to road from mtbjjdbike
Aug 30, 2002 3:46 AM
My wife & I have been fighting Lymes for 4 years. We more than likely contracted it from mtb riding. Its an insidious illness that is difficult to diagnose and treat. Deer tics nymphs resemble a spec of dirt or a freckle. As a roadie, the only worries as I see it are pee & or rest stops in the grass. Shaved legs make it easier to see tics.IF you are still concerned, use repellent on your legs.
JD