Q: Why are Lymeez® Tick Gaiters effective?
A: Ticks instinctively climb up from the ground, leaf litter 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. Lymeez Gaiters versus regular treated clothing?
A. Lymeez Tick Gaiters are special purpose outerwear—put them on when you need them. Any tick prevention strategy is only effective if it is used—it is difficult to dress in special clothing always, but easy to throw on a gaiter.
Q: Why open mesh?
A: Ticks instinctively explore the mesh holes, slowing their climb and exposing them to more tick repellent. A slower climb & longer exposure means a tick is much less likely to make it over a gaiter unaffected by the repellent. Scientific studies of this phenomenon are scheduled for 2018.
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 our products during manufacturing. With Active Release™ repellency, normal abrasion of Lymeez® tick gaiters against pants or the friction of 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. The US EPA rating for Skintex® MRIII® is 50 washes.
Q: How big are the microcapsules?
A: 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: 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. 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®, repellent is gradually released. Furthermore, with Lymeez® Tick Gaiters, repellency is placed near the skin, not on it. DEET is for the skin; Permethrin, for clothing. Both strategies can be used to combat tick bites.
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 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. What diseases are carried by deer ticks?
A. Deer ticks may carry bacteria causing Lyme disease, spotted fever, tick bite fever, cat scratch fever, human granulocyctic anaplasmosis (HGA), and human monocytotropic ehrlichiosis (HME); viruses causing Powassan encephilitis, deer tick virus, blacklegged tick virus, and St. Croix River virus; and parasites causing babesiosis and human theileriosis.
Q. When is the risk most prevalent?
A. In the spring both adults and nymphs are very hungry for a blood meal and out in massive force. The nymphs far outnumber the adults and are just as lethal. In the late fall, there is a resurgence in risk as adult females are looking for a blood meal to get them and their eggs through the winter.
Q. What about just wearing white socks and tucking them in?
A. Any strategy is better than none. But be aware that it takes an adult deer tick about 5 minutes to climb from your ankle to your neck. Continuous watching of your ankles, front, back and sides is nearly impossible. Furthermore, deer ticks are very small and difficult to see. Nymphs are nearly impossible to spot. Lymeez’ strategy is to knock them down on their climb and does not rely on visual interception.
While neither Lymeez LLC or any other company can guarantee complete protection from tick bites or related reactions, Lymeez® Tick Gaiters with long lasting Active Release™ micro-encapsulated permethrin offer effective protection.
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