These days everyone in New England probably knows someone who has suffered from tick-borne illness. If humans manage to pollute and exploit themselves into oblivion, ticks will probably be the next dominant species on the planet. Meanwhile, here’s a non-toxic and affordable layer of protection against the nasty little things. No need to wear your pants tucked into your socks—mesh ankle guards have stretch knit band at the ankle and elastic band at the calf to keep ticks and blackflies off your socks and legs. Pull over socks before putting shoes on, then roll up over your pantlegs. One size.