Castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus) on a grassblade
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Why You Should Reach For Vicks Vaporub To Protect Yourself From Ticks
One of the downsides of time spent outdoors is the risk for tick bites. However, there is a way to ward them off, and you probably already have the tool to do it: Vicks VapoRub.
On your next hike, follow the tip from @bruchwithbabs on Instagram and tuck your pants into your socks. Then, slather Vicks around your ankles and behind your knees.
The scent of the camphor oil and menthol used in the product are known to be incredibly off-putting to ticks, making them less likely to climb onto your clothes and bite you.
Vicks should be used as an added layer of protection, not as a substitute for skimping on your traditional bug spray. Verywell Health suggests sticking with picaridin repellents.