Spring and Summer Travel – Bring on the Bugs
Spring is here and summer is around the corner. Whether you are a traveler, equestrian, fisherman, gardener, camper or outdoor recreation enthusiast, you’ll want to consider ExOfficio clothing, made with Insect Shield.
Insect Shield® clothing and gear repels a variety of insects including mosquitoes and ticks that can carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Malaria, West Nile Virus, and Dengue Fever. The protection is invisible, odorless and lasts through approximately 70 washings. For the neat-nicks out there, this is one shirt you don’t want to wash until it is necessary due to the embedded Insect Shield technology.
Unlike traditional topical repellents, Insect Shield products cannot be misused or over-applied. Insect Shield technology is EPA-registered, and can be worn or used by infants, children, and women who are pregnant or nursing. I take comfort in the fact that the EPA has endorsed this product line because in Northern California, we live in Lyme disease country.
Horseback Riders Keep Ticks Away
As an equestrian, I often encounter ticks after a day of horseback riding.The Halo long-sleeved women’s shirt retails for $60 and is a great addition to the horseback rider and traveler’s wardrobe.
Alaska, Fishing and Mosquitoes
If you are a frequent reader of this What a Trip blog, you are aware that I love fishing; especially salmon fishing in Alaska and Canada. The only down-side of river bank fishing in Alaska and Canada is the bugs. The mosquitoes are as big as bumble bees and very annoying when you are trying to fish. Insider Tip: rather than slather on the DEET bug spray, your skin will thank you when you put on an ExOfficio Halo Shirt with Insect Shield technology. The company offers Insect Shield bandannas, too.
Which bugs do Insect Shield products repel?
Insect Shield garments repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges or no-see-ums.
Insect Shield gear repels mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas.
Does Insect Shield have an odor?
No. Insect Shield protection is invisible and odorless – you cannot tell it is there – but the bugs can.
Is it EPA-registered?
Following many years of extensive product testing, Insect Shield apparel and gear have been successfully registered by the Environmental Protection Agency – the EPA.
Can my kid’s wear Insect Shield?
Insect Shield can be worn by infants, children of any age and women who are pregnant or nursing.
Since the Insect Shield repellent is tightly bound to a fabric’s fibers so it is a great alternative to traditional insect repellents, which have to be applied directly on your skin.
Who recommends insect repellent apparel?
• The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• World Health Organization (WHO)
• National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety
• The American Academy of Family Physicians, http://www.familydoctor.org
• Public Health Agency of Canada
Photo courtesy of ExOfficio. Insect Shield supplied me with the ExOfficio Insect Shield Halo shirt for review.