Really, there's only one honestly good thing about snow.

Unless you're a snow sports person, of course. But otherwise, the only good thing about snow is that it pretty much means not having to check my dog and myself over for ticks, every time we come in the house from a walk. Above and beyond that, I don't have a lot of use for winter.

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Granted, we do get the little mid-season respite from ticks during the summer, when things get a bit hotter and drier. There definitely seems to be an ebb and a flow. But if you're an outdoorsy person year-round, there aren't a lot of great ways to keep ticks off you or the dog. But Mainer Jane Gower, came up with a simply brilliant strategy for killing the stupid little jerks.

Her new product is face-palmingly simple.

According to WGME, Gower started her own small company called Mainejane's Tacklers. Going into it, she wanted it to be as simple as simple gets, and she nailed it. Basically, it's a small Velcro strap that goes around your ankle, and that small strap is covered in super sticky tape. The ticks try to crawl up your leg, hit the tape, and basically die. As it should be.

Close up photo of adult female deer tick crawling on piece of straw

Otherwise, your options usually include crazy chemicals. Either in some sort of spray or infused into clothing, like permethrin socks. But sticky tape on a strap will likely do a waaaaay better job. And now that summer is here, these will probably be huge. No one wants Lyme Disease or any of the other horrible maladies that can come with ticks.


The Tacklers can go anywhere, too.

When you resort to fighting ticks with chemicals, or sprays or whatever, you run the risk of losing protection if you get the treated areas wet. It'll eventually wash right off. But the Tacklers even work when they're wet. This could be especially handy for hunters in the fall, when running around the damp woods.

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For real, I'm open to anything that might make tick season a bit more bearable. When you pull a couple dozen ticks off you and your dog, only having to count the ones on the dog seems like a godsend. Hopefully tick season can be a bit easier with this cool invention. Yankee ingenuity right there, folks...

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