Thread: Tick Tubes
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Old 07-10-2019, 02:10 PM   #13
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I think the concern about toxicity is overblown (as is often the case).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permethrin

"Permethrin has little systemic absorption, and is considered safe for topical use in adults and children over the age of 2 months. The FDA has assigned it as pregnancy category B. Animal studies have shown no effects on fertility or teratogenicity, but studies in humans have not been performed. The excretion of permethrin in breastmilk is unknown, and breastfeeding is recommended to be temporarily discontinued during treatment.[12]

According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, permethrin "has low mammalian toxicity, is poorly absorbed through the skin, and is rapidly inactivated by the body. Skin reactions have been uncommon.""

On the flip side, Lyme Disease is frequently misdiagnosed and untreated, and can result in long term and incurable neurological and musculoskeletal problems.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyme_disease

That's an easy call for me. I don't live in a tick prone area, but if I did, I'd be spraying the Permethrin.
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