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Tick Bites and Pink Socks

Ticks seem to dislike pink socks!
13 years ago, April 19th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #109130  
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I recently travelled to South Africa and had the amazing opportunity to do a walking trail in big 5 country, which is a phenomenal experience and a must do for any adventurous traveller. We were blessed enough to see many elephants at a watering point and a fleeting view of a female lion. Unfortunately no tigers (leopards as they are known in Africa). There was one comical aspect to the trip!

Before we arrived we received a mail from the organisers saying that there had been a problem with ticks in the area for some time and that many visitors end up with tick bite fever. Their solution to the problem is particularly peculiar - they recommended we wear pink socks! We were slightly amused by this, but alas we obeyed the instructions and each bought a pair of pink socks!

So serious are they about this that when we arrived a member of our party had forgotten hers behind and was lent a disturbingly second-hand pair to wear.

We all plodded through the bush stalking animals with these ridiculous looking pink socks in dire opposites to our khaki gear! Surely enough, we did not get one tick bite! Very strange!

The ranger said he thought it was because ticks disliked pink, which seems to be the case Einstein! But why? Does anyone know the science behind this? I have searched the internet and found no clues.
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13 years ago, January 3rd 2011 No: 2 Msg: #125764  
do you honestly think leopards and tigers are the same thing, and that tigers are found in Africa? Reply to this

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