Permethrin Clothing As An Effective Anti-Tick Measure

May 29, 2018  Source: Ddu 157

Tick-borne diseases are caused by infectious pathogens transmitted via tick bites. By 2016, it was declared that there are around 16 tick-borne diseases throughout the world. And the most prevalent one is Lyme disease.

Recently, scientists from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were encouraging people to soak their clothes in a chemical named permethrin. They discovered that only 25 percent of ticks were found alive even after 24 hours of exposure. But they were unaware of the fact regarding how long permethrin remained active in textiles.

Permethrin has already been marketed as a repellent for "mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges", which remain on clothes for at least 70 rounds of washing. recommended the repellent soaked clothing as an effective treatment for scabies and lice. They also stated that it is not toxic to humans, in spite of having very mild irritation.

Lars Eisen, the CDC entomologist cum lead researcher stated, "All tested tick species and life stages experienced irritation, the 'hot-foot' effect, after coming into contact with permethrin-treated clothing,"

Though it may not be a one-stop solution against tick-borne diseases, one could utilize the permethrin-treated clothes to prevent tick bites.

By Ddu