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® patented 3D Mesh Tick Gaiters are purpose-built to intercept ticks and halt ticks on their climb. You provide the repellent.
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 confound ticks?
A: Ticks are confounded by Lymeez® 3D mesh Tick Gaiters—their climb is diverted as they explore the cavities of the gaiters. 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 UNTREATED Lymeez® tick gaiters?
A: UNTREATED Lymeez® Tick Gaiters must be paired with a repellent. Our 3D mesh slows ticks, meaning longer exposure to repellent — a force multiplier for any effective tick repellent. Lymeez 3D mesh gaiters are a perfect substrate for any effective pump or spray repellent. They also keep the repellent from staining or contaminating regular clothing. Note: We can not speak to the effectiveness of any specific repellent other than that on our own treated gaiters.
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 and early summer 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 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 slows down their climb allowing your applied repellent to work longer.
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