Tick season got you on edge? Bedford company’s ‘Tick Gators’ designed to slow ticks down

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BEDFORD, NH It’s tick season, when those tiny little disease-carrying interlopers try to hitch a ride on human transportation systems to find their next meal.

Bedford company LYMEEZ® is touting a product they say helps outdoorsy folks enjoy gardening or recreating with less worry – 3D-mesh Tick Gaiters, designed to slow the climb of deer ticks by four-to-eight times over common pant fabrics. A slower climb means longer exposure to the microencapsulated repellent on each fiber of the gaiters, according to the company’s website.

Tick Gaiters are used by thousands of outdoor workers of local, state and federal agencies, and private utilities and outdoor recreationists of all types.

Watch: A 20-second video showing Lymeez® in action.

You can check out the results of a laboratory study on Tick Gaters here.

According to the CDC, tick-borne diseases are on the rise, with a dramatic increase in the incidence and geographic range of Lyme disease across the U.S., with cases reported in all 50 states. Tick-borne illnesses are endemic in one-third to one-half of the country.

Tick Gaiters use “intelligent textile technology,” infusing every fiber with micro-encapsulated permethrin. Movement and friction cause some of the millions of microcapsules to burst, gradually releasing the repellent.

Tick Gaiters are one-size-fits-all 12-inch high breathable leg wraps sewn and treated in the U.S. Learn more here.