If you live in an area of the country where ticks are prevalent, like here in the midwest, you may be excited to know that there is a new method to prevent ticks and tick borne diseases. Permethrin-treated clothing has been tested and found to work against ticks! With hundreds of thousands of Americans being affected by tick-borne diseases every year, this is an encouraging finding. Here’s what you need to know about this new research and how it may help protect your family.
Permethrin, a synthetic insecticide made from compounds found in the chrysanthemum flower, has long been shown to be effective against many types of insects and bugs, including ticks. Recently, companies have started marketing permethrin-treated clothing for preventing ticks. A new study published on May 24th in the Journal of Medical Entomology tested the claims of the manufacturers and found that there was a noticeable decrease in ticks when wearing the clothing.
A recent CBS News article described some of the specifics of this exciting study and way of repelling ticks. According to the article, lab tests showed that clothing treated with .5% permethrin caused most ticks to quickly fall off. It also rendered them unable to move normally after 5 minutes and unable to bite. The three species of ticks that were tested were all associated with serious diseases spread by ticks, including: Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and STARI (Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness). Not only did the permethrin-treated clothing work against all of the tested species, but also against all of the various life stages.
Some might be concerned about wearing clothing treated with insecticide, but it has been found to be safe, with no evidence of harm to humans. Permethrin is poorly absorbed through the skin and has been used on military clothing since the 1990’s with no adverse effects. Some may also wonder how long the clothing maintains its protection. It was found that when the .5% permethrin has been dried into the fabric, it can last up to 70 washings. Companies are currently making shirts, pants, and socks.
These manufactured clothing pieces will make it much easier for gardeners, outdoorsman, and others to protect themselves against ticks, but it is also wise to follow other tick prevention guidelines. The CDC recommends that you should always stay in the middle of trails and avoid tall grasses or leaf litter where ticks are most often found. You should also use an EPA-registered repellent that contains such things as DEET, picaridin, and oil of lemon eucalyptus. After you return home, check your body for ticks, shower within 2 hours, and wash your clothing. These things can all help ensure that you and your loved ones will not have to deal with the devastating side effects of tick-borne diseases.
Midwest Pest Control wants to help keep your family safe and pest free. If you are dealing with ticks, spiders, ants, rodents, or other types of pests in your yard or home, contact Midwest Pest Control. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will work with you to set up regular treatments and solve your pest problems. At Midwest Pest Control, your satisfaction is guaranteed!