There are permethrin based clothing sprays (Sawyer's clothing spray, Permanone, etc) that you can apply to shoes, socks, pants etc. that kill the ticks pretty much on contact. An application also lasts for 3-4 weeks and survives washing.
Ticks can survive the washing machine, and even some time in a dryer if they are tucked into a dampish seam - so be careful.
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some ticks LIVE thru both dryer & washer! read below....
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PREVENTION TIPS !
CLOTHING PERMANONE IMPREGNATED INFO from Tincup 10-06 I spoke with the tick expert folks at the conference.. who were from Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.. great people helping our military men and women!
They showed me samples of permanone impregnated clothing. I smelled it to detect odors.. which there were none.. and felt it. Looks, smells and feels like the real thing.
You (civilian) can order clothing now.. like what the military folks wear to protect themselves... but it is prettier. It has the tick stuff already in it, so no mess at home doing it yourself. It is for sale at the site below.
Also.... Aside from the best protection you can get... it saves money .. as the cans of spray to treat clothing can run from $6 - $8 each.. and only is good for 2 weeks.
There is NO scent... so it is good for chemical sensitive folks and hunters in the woods.
The site below shows a selection of women's clothing.. and if you look at the top of the site.. you can click on buttons for men's and children's clothing. Christmas is coming. http://tinyurl.com/39nukx