Duration of Effectiveness of Permethrin-Treated Clothing to Prevent Mosquito Bites Under Simulated Conditions
Richards, Stephanie L.; Balanay, Jo Anne; Harris, Jonathan W.; Banks, Victoria; Meshnick, Steven
Biological hazards such as exposure to ticks and mosquitoes can affect worker health. Permethrin is a repellant/insecticide approved for human use by the Environmental Protection Agency. Permethrin-treated clothing is commercially available to the public. Permethrin-treated clothing (50% cotton/50% nylon) has been shown to retain repellency through 70 washings. Work attire differs between state and consulting foresters, park rangers, etc.; hence, variation in protection from vector borne disease may exist
Presented for World Environmental Health Day, September 26, 2016 in Greenville, North Carolina.