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Tick Safety

Provided by Mike Christian

I just came in from harvesting some wild leaks and found 3 ticks on me! I thought this may be a real good time to reacquaint our members of ACSMA about how to help keep these buggers off us. All of this info has been provided to me by Green Mountain Power, and I hope you find it helpful!

I have a short guide attached of some of the many repellants that we have available to us here at GMP. Some of them will not be available to you as they are specific to FR/AR clothing. Ticks continue to be our #1 OSHA reporting incident! To go along with the repellants, are some protocols that we follow whenever in the field.

  1. Tuck pant legs into boots, or into socks to prevent ticks from getting under your pants.
  2. Wear long sleeved shirts and tuck sleeves into cuffs of gloves!
  3. Make sure your clothing is treated! Remember if using Permethrin, apply to your clothes the night before and allow to dry thoroughly. See below for more info.
  4. Upon returning from the field, use a lint roller to help remove loose ticks on your clothing. Ask a buddy to help, and return the favor!
  5. Ask a buddy to look near your hairline and other places on your clothing that you may not be able to see or reach.
  6. Remove your work clothes upon returning home. If you intend on using the same work clothes the following day, put them in the dryer. If you have a steam setting, this would be better at killing the ticks that may have been missed during your tick check.
  7. Check yourself in a full length mirror for ticks. They like to hide in armpits, back of knees, the groin area, and any fold of skin on your body.
  8. Shower!

How many of you just read this note without feeling an itch somewhere on your body?

Additional Information Re: Permethrin

Provided by Rich Warren

Everything stated in item 3 from Mike's email is correct--it is important that the treated clothing be dry before wearing. It is important that additional information about Permethrin treated clothing also be conveyed.

When Permethrin is properly applied and the clothing is laundered no more than once per week, the application remains effective for six weeks. The product labeling states that an application is good for six weeks or six launderings, which ever comes first.

The application to the clothing should be done outdoors under low wind conditions. The treatment of one shirt, one pair of socks, and one pair of pants should consume 2 to 3 ounces of Permethrin at 0.50% concentration of the active ingredient (Permethrin).

The product label states that Permethrin treated clothing will kill ticks that come in contact with the clothing--not just repel them.

The product label for a mix ready to apply to clothing from JT Eaton can be found at this link (PDF download).

The largest paragraph of the left hand column of page 1 of the label provides information about treating clothing with Permethrin.

Always remember that every pesticide label contains the following statement: "It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling." Hence reading and understanding the product label is very important.

In closing, I can speak from personal experience that it is important to check one's navel for ticks. I got Lyme disease from that event.