Tick Repellent Clothing To Protect You from Ticks

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We have learned that Ticks may transmit bacteria and viruses that can cause dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, etc. Protection against ticks is important for anyone who moves around outdoors. Apart from using lotions and sprays, you can also use tick repellent clothing to repel ticks.

There are special clothes already treated by the manufacturer with Permethrin which protects against ticks. Tick repellent clothing is an effective and safe method to keep ticks off. Wearing Permethrin-treated clothing, allows you to move and work outdoor without permanently worrying about ticks. Read on to find out how the tick repellent clothing is made and how it can be beneficial to you.

Tick Repellent Clothing


Clothing treated with Permethrin is commonly used to protect military personnel as well as outdoor workers.

Permethrin-treated clothing immobilizes and kills ticks and mosquitoes when they get in contact with it. So when a tick finds hold on treated clothing it can only briefly hold on and will fall off as soon as the permethrin acts on the nerves of the bug.

Permethrin is one of the world’s most widely used insecticides. It is used around the tropics to provide protection from Malaria and Zika carrying mosquitos. Very common here are mosquito nets which are treated with permethrin.

Factory treated Clothing

Permethrin is suitable to treat nearly any kind of clothing. Factory-treated clothing is available in various forms like jeans, socks, sweatshirts, jeans, jackets…

Treated clothing can be washed many times and still provide effective protection. However, it will slowly wear off. Permethrin very slowly breaks down by itself, sunlight speeds the process up a bit. Therefore, the protection does not last forever.

Depending on the concentration that has been used to treat the clothing, protection will last about one year.

Anti-tick Socks

Ticks linger in hiding places low to the ground. Your lower legs or feet are usually the first point of contact with the tick. The tick then starts to crawl upwards in search for a suitable bite site.

Socks are a good first barrier to make life more difficult for ticks. They are effective and cheap.

The only problem is that they are in direct contact with your skin. In rare cases, skin reactions may develop. Obviously then socks are not for you. Some manufacturers have developed special fabrics and application procedures to minimize skin contact.

Permethrin-treated pants

Treated pants are also an effective way to reduce the risk of ticks crawling up and finding a suitable bite site. Permethrin-treated pants also provide good protection against other biting insects such as mosquitos.

Good pants are double layered, only the fabric of the outer layer is treated thus reducing skin contact with the insecticide.

Forestry workers in many states wear treated clothing to reduce the risk of Lyme disease.

Shirts treated with Permethrin

Shirts treated with insecticides repel mosquito and ticks. Nearly half of all mosquito bites are through clothing. So either wearing mosquito tight fabrics of fabrics treated with insecticides is sensible.

Treated Jackets

Protecting the upper body with permethrin-treated jackets provides another very effective barrier that is near impossible for ticks to overcome. Special attention should be brought to the sleeves as this could be a “way in” for ticks, as one bends down and brushes a leaf were a tick lingers.

Treating Clothing with Permethrin

You can also treat clothing yourself.  There are various sprays and preparations on offer. They all contain Permethrin as this is simply the most effective insecticide with the least unwanted side effects.

Hazards wearing clothing treated with tick repellent

Permethrin is generally considered safe for humans. Contact with the skin may cause irritation and itching in rare cases. Discontinue use and seek medical advice.

Do not put treated clothing into the dryer as this will remove the Permethrin from the fabrics.

Permethrin is highly toxic to all aquatic organisms. Avoid going into the water wearing treated clothing.

Avoid exposing cats to Permethrin-treated clothing, don’t let them ly on it or lick it. Cats can not metabolize permethrin it can kill them.