Well holy Insect Shield folks! A pilot study was conducted by researchers at The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. They reported that the incidence of tick attachments was reduced by 93 percent among workers wearing Insect Shield Repellent Apparel. The report was published online March 11. Located in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.
Tick-borne diseases are a significant concern. Especially for the millions of people who work or play outdoors in tick- infested areas. If not treated early, these diseases can lead to severe illness or death. Over the past two decades, the incidence of Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever has increased. The UNC study sought to determine the effectiveness of Insect Shield-treated clothing. All for tick bite prevention among outdoor workers from the North Carolina Division of Water Quality (NCDWQ).
Sixteen employees from the Wetlands and Permitting Unit of the were selected for the pilot study. That’s because of the high number of work-related tick bites. More over in previous years.
Nine employees chose to wear Insect Shield clothing. Seven wore untreated clothes and continued their previous efforts to repel ticks. Therefore including the use of spray repellents and other measures.
In addition, the study; conducted from March through September. It showed that the Insect Shield group experienced 99 percent fewer tick attachments. Certainly during work hours. Best part, 93 percent fewer tick attachments overall.
On this basis, UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University were awarded a four-year grant. All from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. All to confirm the effectiveness of treated clothing.
So it was conducted in a rigorously controlled study. More than 120 study subjects were tested. They were employees from North Carolina Forestry, Parks and Recreation. As well as Wildlife divisions. As a result people who primarily work outside. They were randomly assigned to wear treated or untreated uniforms. More over during two tick seasons.
Now during this period, neither participants nor investigators knew who was wearing what. I mean who is wearing which type of uniform.
Then all parties were being carefully monitored. Especially for tick bites and tick-borne illnesses.
Insect Shield is proud to partner with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Especially on these important research projects. This was according to Richard Lane. Richard is the President of Insect Shield.
Richard added that they expect the large study will corroborate the pilot study. Certainly it will further confirm that these treatments prevent serious tick-borne diseases. Finally and like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.