A new tick repellent is being tested now that sounds promising. Here's a link to the webpage about it:
Tick repellent study
The company, GenoPrint, is looking for volunteers to test the repellent during 2011. Initial testing showed it to be very effective. And what I like about it is it's supposed to be very nontoxic with no fragrances. I know none of us is tramping in the woods currently, but if you know some hikers, you might want to let them know about it. The initial testing showed it to be 100 percent effective! Wow, that sounds like it could really help us. Gee, if I get well again (oops, when I get well), I might be brave enough to go hiking again with help like this.