There's only one honestly good thing about snow.

Unless you're a snow sports person, of course. But otherwise, about 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.

Granted, we do get the mid-season respite from ticks during the summer. 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. That is until Jane Gower came up with a simply brilliant strategy for killing the stupid little jerks.

Her new product is face-palmingly simple.

According to WMTW, Gower started her own small company called Marijane's Tick Tacklers. She said going into it, it had 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. Then the ticks crawl up your leg, hit the tape, and basically die. Could it be easier?

Jane Gower came up with a simply brilliant strategy for killing the stupid little jerks.

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 in the spring/summertime, these will be huge. You can go right to Marijane's Facebook page and order your own right here.

For real, I'm open to anything that might make tick season a bit more bearable. When you sometimes pull a couple dozen off you and your dog, only having to count the ones on the dog seems like a godsend. These seem like just the sort of thing we've all been waiting for. Finally....

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So, take heed and pay attention to our advice, because these are the exact necessities that will ensure your survivability, mental good health, and that you’ll eventually see another summer season up to camp. 

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