I got this from Facebook from the North American Hunter. Found it very interesting. Guess when we walk in the woods we should breath less LOL. Here is the story: Calvin Wakefield an intern, helped monitor how many ticks were in a whitetail bedding area on property near Branson, Missouri, by walking through it while wearing white pants. Calvin collected 100 plus ticks in only a few minutes!
If Calvin’s tick collection exercise causes you to start scratching under your pant leg, then the next experiment will probably give you nightmares. He put dry ice in a container and then placed it in the same deer bedding area he walked before. The container sat in place for just under 8 hours. Ready for some weird science? Ticks are attracted to dry ice because as it melts it releases carbon dioxide [CO2} , which is what mammals [sources of blood meals for ticks] exhale.
In other words, it’s what mammals [like you] exhale that primarily attracts ticks, not body heat or body odor. So the gas produced by dry ice melting is like a loud dinner bell to ticks. Using masking tape, Calvin captured 667 ticks that came to less than 1 pound of dry ice. Keeping this in mind, imagine how many ticks would come to get a blood meal from a newborn whitetail fawn that barely moves for days in the same bedding area where he placed the dry ice tick trap.
I hunt in northern Minnesota and I’ve hunted there since the 60’s. In all the years of hunting up there in the fall into firearms season I have had only a few ticks on me over the years. However living down here in the Metro area I have had a lot more, with an increasing amount of deer ticks that I have noticed. So check yourself out after returning from a day outdoors.
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