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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why are Lymeez® effective?
A: Ticks instinctively climb up from the ground and brush—most ticks climb on at the feet and lower legs, attracted by movement and carbon dioxide. Ticks don't fly or jump. Lymeez® tick gaiters are purpose-built to intercept ticks and halt ticks on their climb.

Q: Why confound ticks?
A: Ticks are confounded by the 3D mesh gaiters—their climb is diverted as they explore the cavities of the gaiter. In tests, ticks' ascent are slowed by 4–8X in comparison to common pant fabrics, exposing them to more tick repellent on their way up—a force-multiplier of repellent effectiveness. A slower climb & longer exposure means a tick is much less likely to make it over a gaiter unaffected by the repellent.

Q: How was the confounding tested?
A: Here is a link to the test results: LYMEEZ TEST RESULTS

Q: What tick repellent is used with Lymeez® tick gaiters?
A: Lymeez
® tick gaiters are treated with a long-lasting microencapsulated permethrin tick repellent. Millions of microcapsules coat the product throughout. As ticks make their climb they are exposed, sickened and killed.

Q: What is Active Release™
A: Lymeez® are infused with Skintex® MR III®an EPA-registered ixodicide. Lymeez® employs Active Release™ microencapsulation technology. Millions of ixodicide-filled microcapsules are infused into Lymeez® during manufacturing. With Active Release™ repellency, normal abrasion of Lymeez® against pants or simply walking causes some of the microcapsules to burst, constantly releasing permethrin while the product is in use.

Q: How long does the repellent remain effective?
A: Microencapsulated permethrin is only released through the action of friction and movement. (Fabric testing has shown no degradation after 5 years on undisturbed samples.) Lymeez® length of effectiveness varies based on individual wear and washing. Skintex® MR III®, the microencapsulated permethrin used on Lymeez, has successfully passed the German military requirement for tick knockdown potency after 100 washes (2016). The US EPA is not allowing any new testing of permethrin treatments until it develops a new testing protocol. The US EPA rating for Skintex® MRIII® is 25 washes based on 2006 testing.

Q: How big are the microcapsules?
A: Microencapsulation technology allows microcapsules to be made of many different sizes depending on their use. The microcapsules in Lymeez® have a diameter of about 4μ—roughly 250 times smaller than a deer tick nymph, the smallest diseased tick in North America.

Q: Why do you also sell an untreated version of Lymeez® tick gaiters?
A: Through our testing we’ve found pre-treated, micro-encapsulated permethrin to offer the most thorough and long-lasting effectiveness. However, some people may want to use their own repellent, be it organic, or other. While Lymeez LLC cannot speak to the effectiveness of other repellents, we do know that ticks are slowed down considerably when climbing over our 3D air mesh gaiters. Therefore, any repellent that IS effective, will have force-multiplier effect by longer exposure.

Q: What is permethrin?
A: The active ixodicidal ingredient of Lymeez®, permethrin, is a made-made version of pyrethrum. Pyrethrum is a naturally occurring insecticide of the chrysanthemum flower. Permethrin has been a registered ixodicide with the EPA since 1977.

Q: What is Skintex® MR III®?
A: Skintex® MR III has been registered by the EPA as an ixodicide (tick repellent) since 2006 based on proven effectiveness. The active ixodicidal ingredient is permethrin. Skintex® microencapsulation technology is a product of Pulcra Chemicals’a 135 year old company. Pulcra developed the Skintex® technology and production processes in 2003. Skintex® technology is in worldwide use in a variety of applications. Pulcra continues to innovate large scale microencapsulation production processes, and holds numerous US and international patents on microcapsule production processes.

Q: Is permethrin safe?
A: The EPA (2005) has found no risk to wearers of permethrin-treated garments at approved levels—0.52%—the concentration recommended by the the National Research Council. According to the World Health Organization, "permethrin has been extensively tested and is still considered the insecticide of choice for clothing treatment." Ingested permethrin can be harmful, however, to fish and cats—so dispose of them properly in the trash, per EPA guidelines.

Q: Permethrin
A: Permethrin kills ticks. This is not in dispute. The CDC & WHO both recommend permethrin-treated clothing to battle ticks. Permethrin is EPA-registered and has been used by global militaries on uniforms for years. Permethrin is vastly less absorbable by the skin than DEET, and in the microencaspsulated form used by Lymeez® tick gaiters, repellent is gradually released. Furthermore, with Lymeez® tick gaiters, repellency is placed near the skin, not on it.

While neither Lymeez LLC or any other company can guarantee complete protection from tick bites or related reactions, Lymeez® tick gaiters with Active Release™ are an excellent deterrent. Play more, worry less!™