Wondering who uses this on their clothes to protect against ticks?
Can anyone point me in the direction of a UK supplier?
I am not sure where you got this info from,but this powder is a specific insectacide aimed at such things like,case bearing house moth,clothes moth,and various crawling insect,you may be able to order from www.killgerm,not sure if you need to be licenced,also may be skin irritant,Tony...
I've tried it a couple of times,but still get ticks on my clothing . Not sure how long the ticks will live for as I kill them when I see them on me.You can pick up a spray in most outdoor shops it usually costs around £6 for a small bottle which lasts no time at all.Not cheap but if it does work it is well worth the money
You will still get ticks anyway becaues you are a hairy Italian lurker that will just attract them all the bloody time anyway-so yout save your money & have a Brazilian!
I fear I might be one of nature's tick magnets and seem to pick them up the moment I step out of the truck. Despite wearing knee high socks soaked in Autan they seem to pass through what should be a living hell for them and still get their teeth stuck in where I'd rather they didn't! One of the blighters even managed to work its way through said socks and started tucking in between my toes.
Is there anything out there that will stop the beggars?
I honestly don't think there is a chemical that would deter ticks significantly. The last carcass I took home I did a bit of an experiment with and hung it over a tray of water over night to catch any stowaways jumping ship and was amazed at the payload that had tried to jettison and been trapped in the water the next morning!
I had checked around the genitals and usual places for ticks and whilst they were there as expected it didn't look excessive. Let me tell you, the water was literally covered in ticks (from adults to tiny nymphs), keds and mites.
I also put the head (looked fairly clean) into a clear plastic bag and put a squirt of insecticide in and sealed it. The bag was riddled with more tick nymphs, mites and keds the next day.
Makes you think about how many bail out, when you do the gralloch, in the boot of the car etc!....
There were a few ticks still attached 2 days later whilst skinning that for some reason hadn't realised the host had expired. I could see the inflammation on the inside of the deer's skin where the bite was.... some of these ticks had died in situ too for some reason?! The real eye opener was finding the odd tick still on the carcass that had crawled to a high point to wait for the next host. Just passing my hand in front of them was enough to stimulate them to reach out to grab hold. I'm convinced they first look for a heat source and then once aboard look for somewhere palatable to bite (dark, not noxious and next to skin). Which makes me think that chemicals are not going to deter them from hopping aboard, merely make them look for some exposed skin, which they are going to do anyway.
I reckon your best defence is mechanical. If your trousers are tucked into gaiters, you are wearing wellies etc then you are going to make it hard for them to find somewhere to get stuck in.
The second line of defence is vigilance. These arachnids are excellent at what they do. Their whole existence depends on food 'just walking on by' they are not going to pass up an opportunity if they can help it. We are all going to get bitten at some point and most likely a lot of us already have without ever having known. Be vigilant, but don't panic if you do find one. Just remove it in the prescribed way and keep an eye on it. Also keep an eye on what looks like mosquito bites as they could have been left by a tick that has already jumped ship.
They deserve respect certainly, but common sense and a 'weather eye' should keep them at bay!
If you can get hold of a substance called Peripel10, which is a permithrin based treatment for clothing, its very good. We use it in the military. If you cant get hold of it drop me a PM. Its about as good a chemical as you can get for detering insect pests, but as with most things of this nature nothing can provide 100% protection
This is the stuff that you dip your clothes in,isn't it? I didn't have any ticks on me when I used it.
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Ps. Very informative post csl (Alex)
I would recommend you read and comply with the safety data sheet that comes with Peripel, it is VERY DANGEROUS! Also do not throw excess mixture near ANY watercourse!
Originally Posted by jordang