With it being hunting season, the Cortland County Health Department is reminding hunters to be vigilant and to protect themselves from ticks while out hunting. The Health Department is recommending hunters to treat their outerwear with permethrin for an added protection against ticks.
Permethrin kills ticks when it comes into contact with clothing and/or gear that is treated with it. Spraying your clothes with it and then letting it sit overnight before going out to hunt will help protect hunters and will last for up to two weeks. If you wash clothes treated with permethrin twice, it is recommended to respray.
Always make sure you check for ticks when coming inside after hunting. Any ticks found should be removed immediately. To kill any ticks hiding in your clothes, place your clothes in the dryer with the tumble dry low setting on high heat for 10 minutes to kill them off.
More information on how to protect yourself from Lyme Disease may also be found at the Center for Disease Control’s website found HERE.