Walk the Woods insect Free
                                        by Sue Freeman     

They�re more than pesky - these ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, and black flies. They carry nasty diseases such as Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, and others.  To keep them at bay we can use Permethrin - the synthetic version of pyrethrum, a natural insecticide that occurs in flowers such as Chrysanthemums.

Permethrin is not something you spray or lather on your skin like DEET. In fact, an esterase enzyme in your skin renders it ineffective very quickly.  But, used as a treatment on clothes, tents, or any type of fabric, it wards off the pests for 2 weeks if sprayed on or much longer if the garment is soaked in the solution. Permethrin actually kills ticks and chiggers. It doesn�t kill mosquitoes or black flies but it does make them ill and less prone to biting activity.

Permethrin has been around since the 1970s and has a perfect safety record. The Department of Agriculture and other institutions did early research on it for use in protecting crops from insects. It has been shown to be non-toxic to humans. EPA and FDA tests found it rare to have even skin reddening or other irritation.

The Army and Air Force tested its effectiveness and found that treated uniforms gave 97.7% protection from mosquito bites even after the uniforms endured 5 machine washings. The protection afforded for ticks was 100%.

An 8-ounce bottle of 13.3% concentration of Permethrin (sold under brand names Duranon and Permanone) can be diluted to a gallon of solution to treat 4automatic insect control systems, insecticide, fly, flies,
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Visit the following web sites to learn more about the effectiveness and use of Permethrin, it�s application to clothes, and how to purchase it:


Also available at these local stores:

  • CVS Drug Stores

  • Eckerts

  • Dick's Sporting Goods

  • The Sports Authority

  • REI

  • Eastern Mountain Sports

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