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wonderwoman


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I've known too many folks who have contracted Lyme Disease and have found more and more ticks on myself over the last few years. Apparently, as little as 5 minutes of drying your clothes (pre-wash) can potentially kill deer ticks:

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/...yer-quick-kill-ticks


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Cool, and good to know.
Only one more to add durning the seasonal and ritual tick check after climbing.


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I'm missing the point. What's wrong with the usual wash then dry ?


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If you have clothes in the wash that don't go in the dryer, and if the wash doesn't kill ticks, then some ticks could end up in the non-dried clothes.


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Syd wrote:
I'm missing the point. What's wrong with the usual wash then dry ?

People wash colored fabrics in cold water. They survive heavy rain and flooding outside...unless the detergent will kill them it's possible they'll survive the cold water? In nice weather we hang clothes outside to dry.


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Ah ha ... we dry everything.


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Syd wrote:
Ah ha ... we dry everything.
On the "high" setting? Before you wash? Did you read the linked article?
That's what the article and associated research was saying.


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No, the old fashioned way ... wash then dry ;-)


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rgold wrote:
If you have clothes in the wash that don't go in the dryer, and if the wash doesn't kill ticks, then some ticks could end up in the non-dried clothes.

Are you sure that they are saying that, versus saying that the usual practice of washing then drying risks not desiccating the ticks sufficiently to ensure that they are killed?


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No, not sure. You think washing superhydrates the little buggers so that they can withstand more drying perhaps?


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jt512 wrote:
rgold wrote:
If you have clothes in the wash that don't go in the dryer, and if the wash doesn't kill ticks, then some ticks could end up in the non-dried clothes.

Are you sure that they are saying that, versus saying that the usual practice of washing then drying risks not desiccating the ticks sufficiently to ensure that they are killed?
That second bit about wash and then drying.
Quoted from TickEncounter Resource Center (U of Rhode Island) in the linked article:
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Believe it or not, ticks were not killed by washing, even in hot water. Clothing just left in the hamper or on the floor may put the next person to touch it at risk. Dry first then wash.

You guys are overthinking this. The idea is to not have live ticks in the house. It also means to *immediately* get out of your tick infested clothing and *immediately* get it in the dryer; not leaving it sitting for days in the hamper.

From http://www.tickencounter.org/ticksmart/tips:
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The very first action to takeafter working in the yard is to strip clothing off and throw it in the dryer.


jt512


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rgold wrote:
No, not sure. You think washing superhydrates the little buggers so that they can withstand more drying perhaps?

That possibility had occurred to me, but I thought it more likely that when you dry clothes after washing them they don't get as dry as if you dry them when they're dry in the first place. But it could just be what Marc says.


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So....is apres climbing beer-thirty going to be replaced by naked clothes-drying tick prevention hour?

And engineer/rear junkies - admit it....You have already begun designing a portable dryer that stows neatly behind the wheel well of a Toyoa pickup!


I'm just going to keep doing what I do, which is to keep an eye out for the little f-gers and pick them off when I see them. Since I don't have a dryer and all...


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happiegrrrl wrote:
I'm just going to keep doing what I do, which is to keep an eye out for the little f-gers and pick them off when I see them. Since I don't have a dryer and all...
There's that, or climb where ticks aren't.


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