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My husband has had to walk through some tall grass areas for his job. He has been careful about placing his clothes and boots into a plastic bag before entering the house.

It seems it would be best to have something to spray into the bag to kill the ticks before washing the clothes. Does anyone know what could be used?

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I believe you put clothes in the dryer instead of washer and that will kill the ticks. I think the heat in the dryer kills them.
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Ticks cannot tolerate being dried out. So, you put the clothes in the dryer on hot for 30 minutes and it will kill them all.

The washer will not kill ticks.

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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....

dog gone it, can't find latest came out 1-2 months ago!!


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.

Below is from LYMEBYTES 5.31.08

Clothing insect repellent good through 70 washes:

Video that explains it:

Where to buy it & Testimonal's:

Insect Shield repellent clothing line: same as TINCUP's above!

PREVENTION CLOTHING; newbie MicheleH....taking VITAMIN B1;

Take vitamin B1 daily. Its a trick of the trade. It makes humans emit an odor that the ticks don't like but humans can't smell.

Other than that just try to avoid high grass areas, standing under trees (we use machette's to get to where we need to go) That is about all you can do. Hat is very important.

Prevention is the Key for Tick Borne Disease by Lucy Barnes, activist


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