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AMK’s Natrapel 8 hour at Mid Atlantic Truck Camper Rally

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

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Look for DEET-free Natrapel 8 hour at this week’s Mid Atlantic Truck Camper Rally (April 15 -18) in Sanford, VA. Outdoor expert Brian Brawdy will be on site with his camper at the Tall Pines Harbor Campground handing out the gear-safe, as effective as DEET Natrapel 8 hour wipes to attendees and discussing outdoor safety.

Along with the Natrapel 8 hour wipes, Brian will be distributing Tick Reference Cards containing valuable advice on identifying and safely removing ticks, as well info on how to recognize symptoms of Lyme Disease.

Be sure to stop by and say hi to Brian. For more information on avoiding ticks, mosquitoes, Lyme disease and other bug-borne illnesses, check out Brian’s video below and download the Tick Reference Card!

Look for Brian Brawdy at Mid-Atlantic Truck Camper Rally

Natrapel 8 hour contains 20% Picaridin, recommended by CDC to repel ticks

AMK to Support Community Screenings of Lyme Disease Documentary ‘Under Our Skin’

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

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AMK will be providing educational support materials at community screenings of the award winning documentary Under Our Skin — a film which examines Lyme disease, a highly debilitating disease spread by ticks that has become one of the most controversial and fastest growing health problems of our time.

At select screenings this Spring, Adventure® Medical Kits and its parentco Tender Corp. will distribute copies of special Tick Reference Cards, which include tips for identifying and safely removing ticks as well recognizing symptoms of Lyme disease. AMK and Tender will also provide free samples of its DEET-free insect repellent Natrapel® 8 hour to attendees.

Natrapel 8 hour contains 20% picaridin, recommended by CDC to repel ticks

Natrapel 8 hour contains 20% picaridin, recommended by CDC to repel ticks

Spread by the Deer Tick, Lyme disease is an infectious disease that can cause long-term and ongoing illness with a range of symptoms that include chronic pain, fatigue and anxiety. According to the CDC’s statistics, close to 29,000 cases of Lyme disease were confirmed in 2008, with another 6000 cases suspected.  However, as the film Under Our Skin documents, Lyme disease is often difficult to test accurately, which means tens of thousands of people go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed each year.

Look for Natrapel® 8 hour educational Tick Cards and Wipe samples at screenings of Under Our Skin at the following venues:

-University of New Hampshire – Manchester, NH – April 13

-Sherman Theatre – Stroudsburg, PA – April 24

-Peace in Medicine – Sebastopol, CA – April 27

-Winthrop Performing Arts Center – Winthrop, ME – April 30

-Scripps Ranch Library – San Diego, CA – May 4

Click here for full details on AMK and Tender Corp.’s  support of the community screenings of Under Our Skin.

DEET-Free Natrapel 8 hour featured on Backcountry Utah

Monday, March 15th, 2010

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Adventure Medical Kits’  co-founder Frank Meyer spoke recently with outdoor radio show Backcountry Utah about the benefits of using powerful DEET-free insect repellent Natrapel 8 hour. Click here to listen to the interview.

Natrapel family

Natrapel 8 hour contains CDC-recommended active ingredient Picaridin

Along with providing protection from insect bites and stings that is equal to or greater than that of DEET, Natrapel 8 hour’s formula — containing 20% of the active ingredient Picaridin — is also gear safe, meaning it won’t melt your fishing line, sunglasses, camera lens or other pricey plastic or synthetic materials like DEET can.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends people use Picaridin-based repellents to help ward off ticks (which are responsible for the spread of Lyme Disease) and mosquitoes (which are responsible for the spread of West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Malaria and other serious illnesses).

It’s Tick Season! Learn How To Protect Yourself

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Ugh, it is tick season. As we all know, they are nasty little buggers that carry Lyme Disease and other viruses. Do you know how to protect yourself against ticks?

Download our Tick Field Reference Guide to learn more about:

  • How to protect yourself.
  • How to identify a tick.
  • How to properly remove a tick.
  • What to do if you have been bitten.

Tick Reference Card

Tick Reference Card

(Click image to download)

You can also read our blog about Lyme Disease to learn more.

Don’t forget to use Ben’s 30 Deet Insect Repellent or Natrapel 8 Hour Deet-Free Repellent to protect against ticks and other biting insects.

Lyme Disease: The Biggest Health Threat To Outdoor Enthusiasts This Summer

Monday, May 11th, 2009

By Christopher Van Tilburg, MD

I’ve been chomped by a tick multiple times, as have most people who regularly tramp in the outdoors. It’s creepy — the tick drops onto your skin, burrows in painlessly, and sucks. Its anticoagulant can cause tick paralysis, and these arthropods carry all sorts of infections: Colorado Tick Fever (a virus), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (parasite), Tularemia (a bacteria), and the more commonly known Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease can be scary. Lyme Disease is caused by an inoculation of the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks around the world carry it:  In North America it’s transmitted by deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) and the Western black legged tick (Ixodes pacificus). It was first identified in Old Lyme, Connecticut, after a group of kids complained of having a strange pain in their joints and an odd rash. So one might think, No problem — bacteria can be killed by antibiotics. But, there is a problem: Lyme is hard to kill and it can turn chronic. A single bite from a Lyme-carrying tick can require years of treatment and recovery.


Lyme Disease is a widespread, global disease that is poorly understood. According to the CDC, in 2007 there were 27,000 cases in the U.S. and, because of the sometimes-vague symptoms, it may be dramatically underreported. While West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, and even Swine Flu have gotten press lately, they account for much less illness. For example, in 2007, there were only 3,600 imported cases of West Nile Virus.


Outdoor adventurers should follow standard insect, tick and arthropod preventions when traveling in the backcountry or abroad. Ticks don’t jump or fly, they drop or fall onto humans from trees or grasses. So, long sleeve shirts and long pants tucked into socks is a great start.

Insect repellents, including ones containing DEET like Tender’s Ben’s 100® pump and Ben’s® 30 wipes, work well at warding off Ticks. For people looking for a DEET-free alternative, repellents like Natrapel® 8-hour, which contains 20% of the active ingredient Picaridin, provide protection that’s as effective as DEET. Insecticides with Permethrin also work, and can be sprayed on clothing or impregnated into the fibers of garments.

When in tick country, remember to check your entire body after the day’s hike. Often you have two or three hours before a tick burrows. If it does, your chance of getting Lyme is low if you remove the bugger right away.


Once burrowed, ticks are tricky to remove. Don’t try those old wives tales like fingernail polish or a match. The best technique is to use tick or splinter-removal forceps, grabbing as close as possible to the head, and pulling the tick out with slow, gentle pressure. Sometimes I’ve had to wiggle the head gently to unclasp the tick’s pinchers. Unfortunately, many people sever the body from the head. I’ve had to dig out many tick heads in the emergency room. Like all wounds, clean thoroughly with soap and water.


How do you know if you have Lyme Disease? First, you will see a circular rash that looks like a target or bull’s eye called erythema migrans, which slowly enlarges. Then, the Lyme bacteria can spread to your body causing fever, fatigue, malaise, muscle and joint aches, headaches and swollen glands. Some patients have these symptoms for several months or years. That’s the big problem with Lyme Disease: It affects multiple parts of the body and may be difficult to diagnose if the initial symptoms go unnoticed. The symptoms can take anywhere between three days to one month or longer to emerge. Twenty percent of people who do not receive treatment develop severe complications within weeks or months after the bite, ranging from heart and neurological problems to severe attacks of arthritis.

If you think you need treatment, see your doctor and let him or her know that you have been bitten by a tick. Antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment, but don’t try to treat yourself at home with an old prescription in your medicine cabinet – treatment requires a specific antibiotic, like Doxycycline, with a longer course than typical.

For more information on avoiding bug-borne diseases, visit
Christopher Van Tilburg, MD, is the editor of Wilderness Medicine and the author of eight books on safety in the outdoors. His most recent book, Mountain Rescue Doctor: Wilderness Medicine in the Extremes of Nature, is now available in paperback.