Tick Block is a new product that provides maximum protection against ticks, mosquitoes and other biting insects and the diseases they can transmit.
Tick Block is notapplied to the skin and does not contain DEET, it is applied directly to clothing or any fabric-based material providing a long-lasting barrier.
The active ingredient, Permethrin, possesses unique properties that make it the #1 product for protecting you, your family, employees, and just about everyone against ticks, mosquitoes and many other biting pests.
With Tick Block Permethrin clothing treatment, you don't need to worry about applying bug spray to your skin anymore! Everyone can be protected all of the time! So, get the ultimate bug barrier and turn just about any outfit into protective armor against ticks, mosquitoes and many common biting insects.
1 Kit treats 1 large oufit. Tick Block treatment solution contains enough active ingredient (when used as directed) to treat one large adult outfit - typically one pair of pants, one long sleeve shirt and a pair of socks. When treated properly all of the clothing should be damp to wet. If some parts of the clothing appear dry there may be too much clothing or the solution was not worked around thoroughly. If solution remains in the bag you can add more clothing - from an extra pair of socks to another shirt depending on size.
The manufacturer states that it will last for 6 washes, or about 6 weeks. This is based on the assumption that most people wash their clothes once a week. However, it can last much longer if you wash the treated clothes less often.
How Does Tick Block work? Tick BLOCK is a new way of thinking about bug spray. Tick BLOCK is not applied to the skin - You can turn any outfit into the Ultimate Bug Barrier with ease.
Clothing is soaked or sprayed with Tick Block solution. As it dries, permethrin molecules form a tight bond with the fabric.
This water-based formula is non-staining, odorless and has exceptional resistance to degradation by sunlight (UV), heat and water.
Permethrin is not water soluble therefore it does not come off clothing in normal detergent washing. When tick and other insects come in contact with the clothing they get a dose of permethrin and die.
Permethrin is about 2,200 times more toxic to insects than to mammals; that is, a very small amount kills bugs but doesn't harm you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Permethrin?
Permethrin is a synthetic compound derived from the chrysanthemum plant which contains a chemical with insecticidal properties. It has many uses and is the active ingredient in many common household products.
Is it Safe?
Permethrin is about 2,200 times more toxic to insects than to mammals; that is, a very small amount kills bugs but doesn't harm you. Permethrin is poorly absorbed through the skin and is rapidly inactivated in mammals. Tick block contains only 0.5% active ingredient compared to other repellents which you apply directly to skin and can contain from15%-over 30% active ingredient.
Why can't I put it on my skin?
Although permethrin is approved for skin application under certain circumstances such as head lice formulas, it is not applied to skin as a repellent. Permethrin does not bond (stick) to skin and is quickly deactivated by skin's esterase action into inactive compounds. Because of these attributes permethrin offers no repellent benefit on skin. That instability, not health concern, is the main reason that the insecticide is suggested for use on fabrics. It is onlyeffective when used as a clothing treatment.
Can I still use DEET on exposed skin?
Yes. As part of the U.S. militaries Insect Control Program they also use DEET on exposed skin in addition to permethrin-treated outfits. If you feel you need that ultimate protection you can - but we find in most circumstances you won't have to.
Does it work against mosquitoes?
The early history of permethrin development involved tests on mosquitoes conducted by the US Army and Air Force. Tests showed that when lightweight uniforms were treated until moist the permethrin gave nearly 100% protection from mosquitoes. The effectiveness of permethrin can be shown in the following anecdote reported during testing in the Everglades, "Mosquitoes were also repelled because of the side-stream effect caused by numerous treated uniforms within the same general location. This required that the test site be moved to locate more mosquitoes!" Now that's performance...
What if my clothes get wet while I'm wearing them?
When used as a repellent, permethrin is applied to exterior clothing where it dries and bonds to the cloth fiber. It does not come off during normal detergent washings, thus even if clothing gets completely wet there is no risk to you.
Can I dry my treated clothes in the dryer?
Yes, Whether you air-dry treated clothing on a line or put them in an automatic drier Tick BLOCK binds to the fabric and lasts. We suggest hanging a single, treated outfit to dry to save energy but if you treat a full load of clothes or the weather is not in your favor you can put them in the drier.
How many clothes can 1 kit treat?
Tick Block treatment solution contains enough active ingredient (when used as directed) to treat one large adult outfit - typically one pair of pants, one long sleeve shirt and a pair of socks. When treated properly all of the clothing should be damp to wet. If some parts of the clothing appear dry there may be too much clothing or the solution was not worked around thoroughly. If solution remains in the bag you can add more clothing - from an extra pair of socks to another shirt depending on size.
Can I use the pump spray to treat clothes?
Yes, But we recommend treating clothing using the treatment kit. That way you are ensured that the entire outfit is covered - It's much easier too! The pump spray is designed to treat shoes, or hats that you don't want crumpled or any fabric-based material that doesn't fit into the bag.
Will it affect how my clothes feel and smell?
No, Once Tick BLOCK is dry clothing can be washed and comes out smelling and feeling just like all of your other clothing.
Can I treat any type of fabric?
Permethrin absorbs and binds to most fabrics, cotton, cotton-poly blends, leather. It does bind to most synthetics such as nylon but it may not last as long. It does not bind to plastics or rubber products.
An excellent product in terms of preventing insects from attacking but not easy to apply to the clothing. It is difficult to get the liquid distributed equally in the pants, shirt and socks using the plastic bag method. Do some internet research for a spray on product. It appears that this company is coming out with a spray on product.
I have been using this product for 7 or 8 years and so far I have not had any problems with ticks. I will spend the hole month of May, September, October, November and December hunting in the woods and a lot of the areas I hunt have a lot of ticks. It is nothing pulling 30 to 50 ticks off you if you didn't have your clothing treated.
Is there a difference between Tick Block and Permethrin SFR?
Yes. Tick Block is actually formulated to be used on clothing while Permethrin SFR has a completely different base and is formulated to be used on surfaces that will not contact skin for prolonged periods of time. While the active ingredient is the same, the carrier is different and using Permethrin SFR on clothing could lead to illness and skin irritations.
How can I treat my outdoor clothes with Pyrethrin for mosquitoes and ticks?
There are a lot of new clothing lines that are impregnated with pyrethrin as an insect repellant (such as InsectSheild). US Military uses this technology also. I heard that you can soak clothes in a 5-15% pyrethrin solution and get the same effect. Do you have any links to techniques that I could use with your products?
We have a product for just that purpose called Tick Block. It is a process made for treating your clothes at home with a pyrethrin based solution. Unfortunately normal pyrethrin insecticides are not labeled to be used on clothing, but Tick Block is specifically formulated for that purpose.
How many washes will Tick Block Clothing Treatment with Permethrin last for?
The manufacturer of Tick Block states that it will last for 6 washes, or about 6 weeks. This is based on the assumption that most people wash their clothes once a week. However, it can last much longer if you wash the treated clothes less often.
Is it true that the bottles in these kits are only 6 ounces of 0.5% permethrin?
Is it true that the bottles in these kits are only 6 ounces of 0.5% permethrin? For some reason you do not tell us quantity of solution in this kit like you do all the other products you sell. That would mean permethrin to treat your clothes costs about 160 times what the permethrin in Permethrin SFR costs, or 90 times what Permethrin 10% costs. Considering that the research for using permethrin in clothes was paid for by the taxpayers, I really resent this huge markup and the vague language about why other permethrins supposedly won't work.
The volume of Tick Block is 8oz per bottle. We can only provide you with the information we are given on the product label from the manufacturer. You must keep in mind that just because the name of the ingredient is the same and percentages vary, does not mean it is the same technical chemical. Tick Block is actually formulated to be used on clothing while Permethrin SFR has a completely different base and is formulated to be used on surfaces that will not contact skin for prolonged periods of time. While the active ingredient is the same the carrier is different and using Permethrin SFR on clothing could lead to illness and skin irritations. It is all about how the chemical is processed to perform certain ways and meet proper regulations for safe use in each area. You can not use the other formulations of the product on your clothes as the way it is made is unsafe to YOU if used in any way other than the label states. If you have any other questions please let us know.
Can I use Tick Block directly on my dog or would I need to put it on her collar?
Would that help???
You cannot put Tick Block directly on your pet. You need to use a product that is specifically formulated and labeled for use on animals such as Petcor Flea and Tick spray or another product recommended by your veterinarian.