This may sound like a foolish question but I have always wondered if ticks have always been this prevelent in the Pine Barrens. We all have stories of getting covered in ticks when we go out in the Pines during the warmer months. How did the people who lived out there in 1700's and 1800's stand it? Were deer ticks and lyme disease a factor then as well? I have read old letters and postcards where people complained about mosquitos but never anything on ticks. Was there some sort of bug repellent used back then?