Table of Contents
- The Origin Story of TickShield
- The Pervasive Problem of Ticks and Mosquitoes
- TickShield and Bug Off: A Dual Defense Approach
- How to Use TickShield and Bug Off Together
- Why TickShield Matters
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. The Origin Story of TickShield
In the world of natural bug repellents, there's a new addition that's making waves – TickShield by Me and a Tree. But what's the story behind this innovative product?
From Florida to Tennessee: A Journey of Innovation
Our journey begins in Florida, where the creator of TickShield first delved into crafting effective bug repellents like Bug Off!. Initially, it was all about keeping pesky mosquitoes at bay, especially during those humid days when puddles seemed to invite swarms of these bloodthirsty insects. The eco-friendly bug repellent Bug Off! worked wonders, allowing for carefree jogs through mosquito-infested puddles.
A Helping Hand at Farmers Markets
The effectiveness of the bug repellent didn't go unnoticed. It soon became a staple at farmers market events, where post-rain puddles were a common sight. Not only did it protect against mosquito bites, but it also lent a hand to fellow vendors dealing with gnats & fruit flies, making their stalls much more appealing to customers.
A Move to Tennessee and New Challenges
Fast forward to a move to rural Tennessee, and the stakes got higher. It wasn't just mosquitoes anymore; now, ticks and formidable horse flies entered the picture. These were no ordinary horse flies, but long fat black flies measuring over an inch long with visible zig zag mouth parts that tear through skin. The need for a solution was urgent, as these swarming insects could not only frighten people and ruin outdoor activities but also pose health risks.
2. The Outdoor Menace: Ticks, Mosquitoes, & Horse Flies
Ticks and mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they carry diseases that can have serious consequences for health. Ticks are notorious for transmitting Lyme disease, Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis. while mosquitoes are known vectors for various diseases, including Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, Dengue, and Malaria.
Enter the Equine and Deer Culprits (Horse & Deer Fly)
The Tennessee Challenge
In rural Tennessee, the problem escalates with the presence of many outdoor sports such as hiking, and the presence of mosquitoes, large horse flies and the many kinds of ticks. These pests can quickly turn an enjoyable outdoor adventure into a painful and awful experience. The fear of bites and the potential diseases they bring can take the joy out of hiking, camping, gardening, or simply walking on your property. In addition to ticks and biting flies, these relentless insects can also pose a significant a health threat. They, too, are vectors for certain diseases like tularemia, and more, making outdoor adventures something to think about before heading out unprepared. But fear not, before you swear off rural outdoor pleasures like hiking etc, rest assured we have the perfect solution to combat them all: TickShield and Bug Off! Your allies for all things outdoors!
3. TickShield and Bug Off: A Dual Defense Approach
The Power of Dual Protection
To tackle the dual menace of ticks, and mosquitoes, Me and a Tree introduced two distinct products: Bug Off! Mosquito Spray and TickShield. The reason for having two products lies in the unique preferences of these insects when it comes to scents and chemicals.
Ticks (and horseflies) and mosquitoes respond differently to natural ingredients, even when they are derived from plants and essential oils. TickShield boasts a stronger scent and different plant based ingredients and essential oils designed to confuse ticks, while Bug Off! is tailored specifically to repel mosquitoes effectively, using a different variety of essential oils and plants.
4. How to Use TickShield and Bug Off Together
The beauty of having two specialized products is the flexibility it offers. You can customize your protection based on your activity and environment.
For Urban Adventures
When jogging in the city or on concrete paths, your primary concern might be mosquitoes- especially after the rains. In such cases, Bug Off! Mosquito Spray is your go-to option. Its light and easy-to-carry design make it perfect for on-the-go use. It's also great for camping, and outdoor gatherings, parks strolls, gardening, and nighttime ventures.
Deep Woods Exploration
Venturing into the deep woods or areas known for tick infestations demands robust protection. Start with TickShield to create a barrier against ticks, then layer it with Bug Off Mosquito Spray on exposed skin areas like the face, hair, shoulders, and arms. When using the TickShield it's a good idea to start with a pea sized amount near your neck, temples, hair line, and then proceed to arms, ankles, and hat brims. Ticks can smell your breathe and applying near this area first is recommended. The scent throws off there location detectors.
Whether it's spring, summer, fall, or winter, tick protection is a year-round necessity. TickShield offers peace of mind, especially for those who prioritize their health. It's a small yet invaluable addition to your outdoor gear, and easily fits in a pocket or pack. Keep in side door pocket, hiking back pack, park strolls, for on the go protection. If you are walking in any forest these days, you will want to take TickShield with you for protection.
5. Why TickShield Matters
A Personal Commitment
The creator of TickShield and Bug Off! is not just a brand creator but a dedicated outdoor enthusiast and user of these products. The commitment to personal use speaks volumes about the effectiveness and reliability of these natural solutions.
Trusted by Many
Beyond personal use, these products have earned the trust of friends, family, and even local communities. When it comes to protecting loved ones from ticks and mosquitoes, Me and a Tree's TickShield and Bug Off! have become the go-to choice to protect the whole family and those who seek non chemical natural approaches to health and protection.
6. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q1: Are TickShield and Bug Off safe for children & pets?
Answer: Generally speaking - kids yes, Bug Off! is safe for application on skin and clothing for children over two years of age (that is the recommendation age for the use of any and all essential oils). Regarding Bug Off! Always spray in open well ventilated area. For young children you may wish to apply to clothing. Over two years of age skin contact is usually well tolerated but always check with your own health care provider and do patch tests before hand as everyone responds differently to essential oils (including inhalation).
Our products are not intended for use on infants under six months of age. For babies aged six months and older, we recommend consulting with a pediatrician or healthcare professional before applying any bug repellent, including TickShield and Bug Off, to ensure it's safe for your child. We care deeply about the well-being of our customers, especially mothers and infants.
Disclaimer for Pregnant and Nursing Mothers and Infants (& Pets)
For pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as infants, we advise exercising caution when using our products or any products for that matter including, TickShield and Bug Off. While our formulations consist of natural ingredients, including essential oils, it's crucial to prioritize the safety of both the mother and child.
Pregnant and Nursing Mothers:
Before using our products during pregnancy or while nursing, we strongly recommend consulting with your healthcare provider. They can offer guidance based on your individual circumstances, including any known allergies or sensitivities.
Pets: Cats & Dogs
TickShield and Bug Off! Speak to your vet about using TickShield on or near items near pets/dogs. Do not use on cats as they are allergic to all essentials oils especially citrus which is contained in our TickShield product. We do have a lavender soap bar (and many other pet safe soap bars) for our furry friends.
We care deeply about the well-being of our customers, especially mothers and infants. While our products are designed to provide effective protection, it's essential to prioritize safety and seek professional advice when in doubt. Do not ingest (all ages). Seek medical care if anyone including kids, pets, or adults accidentally ingest.
Q2: Can I use TickShield and Bug Off together?
Answer: Yes! Absolutely! Using both products together provides comprehensive protection against ticks and mosquitoes. Apply TickShield first, followed by Bug Off on exposed skin.
Q3: Are these products effective against all types of ticks and mosquitoes?
Answer: While TickShield and Bug Off are extremely & highly effective, the response of insects can vary based on whether products were properly and adequately applied. It's always a good idea to test the products in your specific environment to ensure the best results. We have found very high efficacy in Tennessee however you should always re-apply Bug Off! and bring Tick Shield with you on trips and reapply as needed (especially after sweating, or swimming).
Additional Helpful Tips. Ticks can drop from trees, or may crawl up legs and body so, putting TickShield scent on hats, rims of hats, socks, inner skin near waistband, and around temples or any open skin liberally (pea-size amount for each area) has worked great for Me and a Tree makers for three years. Insects locate humans by their breath and sweat and is what they "smell" so applying both TickShield and Bug Off! near areas of interest is recommended.
In the battle against disease-carrying ticks, flies, and relentless mosquitoes, TickShield and Bug Off! Spray by Me and a Tree emerges as a powerful ally. Its origin story, personalized approach to protection, and commitment to natural ingredients make it a standout choice for outdoor enthusiasts and families alike.
Join the Me and a Tree family of satisfied customers who prioritize the safety and well-being of their loved ones. Don't let ticks and mosquitoes ruin your outdoor adventures; choose TickShield & Bug Off! for a worry-free experience.