Spray Your Clothes – Protect Yourself From Ticks Through 6 Washings!

permethrin Attention all gardeners, campers, hikers, Girl & Boy Scouts, and parents of children of any age: May is when dangerous nymphal ticks (size of a poppy seed) hatch, and are a very real threat to your health. I’m sure you have heard of spraying your body with common tick repellant containing DEET, but did you realize that you can actually spray your clothing (shirt, pants, shorts, jackets, hats, shoes, camping gear, tents or any material) with Permethrin, which is a chemical that binds to material and when ticks come into contact with it, will kill (yes KILL!) ticks on the spot. When you use this spray, available on Amazon.com, at REI stores, and other stores as well, the sprayed items are protected up through 6 washings. This is a fantastic tool in the fight against Lyme Disease and other tick borne infections. I found this great Youtube video by Sawyer, one company that produces the spray. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwBeZIZFwzc

The military has been spraying all their uniforms with permethrin to prevent biting insects and my family has been successfully using this product when camping with the scouts for several years. My older son actually witnessed ticks dropping off his clothing because they had been treated. I have peace of mind knowing we are better protected – though we also continue to use the DEET based repellent on our skin as well when we know that we are going into the woods where the likelihood of ticks are high. —Kandice Dickover (Founder, Howard County Lyme Awareness)

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