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Here’s a quick explainer video that shows how to efficiently protect yourself from ticks when you’re out in the wild.

Field and Stream magazine’s T. Edward Nickens doesn’t spray himself down with bug dope. He applies DEET cream strategically in stripes along his legs, arms, neck, waist band and hat brim.

The key is creating barriers to block ticks from getting to your skin at all.

He uses a roll-top DEET dispenser so he doesn’t have to get it on his hands, and he wears knee boots and tucks his socks in so bugs can’t get up his legs.

You can also use duct tape around the bottoms of your pant legs, he says.

Got any special tips? Share them in the comments.

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Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...