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Re: [walks-and-rambles-in-RI] Important tick information

From: Wendy F.
Sent on: Saturday, January 26, 2013 9:10 AM
After reading this thread about ticks, I asked Beth Newberry for information about a bug repellent produced by a company in Warren, RI... I'll take lavender over Permethrin.  Please share if you find this helpful.

Hi Wendy,

It’s actually the lavender that repels ticks- a 2007 South African Study found that lavender is as effective as DEET at repelling ticks.

·  PubMed.gov: Repellent Effects of the Essential Oil of Lavendula Angustifolia

·  PubMed: Lavandula Angustifolia Essential Oil for Tick Control
Catnip oil is actually 10 times more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes.

Lemongrass is also an effective repellant.

My site is www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/bethnewberry if anyone would like to check it out. They just need to click on “Shop” Then they need to click on the spot that asks if they want to view products, ingredients or to purchase, and then click on AvaBUG


Yes cats are the exception but it is not my desire to kill cats, it is just to try to help protect my friends and fellow hikers.  Here is the permethrin profile:

 

Permethrin

Permethrin is a common synthetic chemical, widely used as an insecticide, acaricide, and insect repellent. It belongs to the family of synthetic chemicals called pyrethroids and functions as a neurotoxin, affecting neuron membranes by prolonging sodium channel activation. It is not known to rapidly harm most mammals or birds, but is dangerously toxic to cats[1][2] and fish. In general, it has a low mammalian toxicity and is poorly absorbed by skin.[3

Permethrin

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1c/Permethrin-2D-skeletal.png/300px-Permethrin-2D-skeletal.png

IUPAC name[hide]

3-Phenoxybenzyl
(1RS)-cis,trans-3-(2,2-dichlorovinyl)
-2,2-dimethylcyclopropanecarboxylate

Identifiers

CAS number

[masked] YesY

PubChem

40326

ChemSpider

36845 YesY

UNII

509F88P9SZ YesY

DrugBank

DB04930

KEGG

C14388 YesY

ChEBI

CHEBI:34911 YesY

ChEMBL

CHEMBL1525 YesY

ATC code

P03AC04,QP53AC04

Jmol-3D images

Image 1

SMILES

[show]

·         Cl/C(Cl)=C/C3C(C(=O)OCc2cccc(Oc1ccccc1)c2)C3(C)C

InChI

[show]

·         InChI=1S/C21H20Cl2O3/c[masked])[masked]-[masked])[masked]/h3-12,17,19H,13H2,1-2H3 YesY
Key: RLLPVAHGXHCWKJ-UHFFFAOYSA-N YesY


InChI=1/C21H20Cl2O3/c[masked])[masked]-[masked])[masked]/h3-12,17,19H,13H2,1-2H3
Key: RLLPVAHGXHCWKJ-UHFFFAOYAS

Properties

Molecular formula

C21H20Cl2O3

Molar mass

391.28 g/mol

Appearance

colourless crystals

Density

1.19 g/cm³, solid

Melting point

34 °C, 307 K, 93 °F

Boiling point

200 °C, 473 K, 392 °F

Solubility in water

Insoluble (5.5 x 10-3 ppm)

Hazards

MSDS

External MSDS

Main hazards

Irritating to skin and eyes,
damaging to lungs

Related compounds

Related pyrethroids

Bifenthrin
Deltamethrin

 Yes(verify) (what is: YesY/http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a2/X_mark.svg/10px-X_mark.svg.pngN?)
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Infobox references

Permethrin is a common synthetic chemical, widely used as an insecticide, acaricide, and insect repellent. It belongs to the family of synthetic chemicals called pyrethroids and functions as a neurotoxin, affecting neuron membranes by prolonging sodium channel activation. It is not known to rapidly harm most mammals or birds, but is dangerously toxic to cats[1][2] and fish. In general, it has a low mammalian toxicity and is poorly absorbed by skin.[3

 

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of scott disnard
Sent: Thursday, January 24,[masked]:26 AM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [walks-and-rambles-in-RI] Important tick information

 

Permethrin is highly toxic to ticks but not toxic to mammals (especially humans).

 

 

Cats are mammals. Even a few drops of concentrated permethrin could be lethal to a cat.

 

 

 

 

On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 9:14 AM, Brian Mocogni <[address removed]> wrote:

I also have done some studying on the life cycle of deer ticks and associated Lyme disease and have developed a theory that I found substantiated by some research.  It is something each of us can do in an effort (all be it a small one) to minimize our chances of contracting Lyme which can be quite debilitating.  The below diagram illustrates a deer ticks life cycle which is about 2 years. 

 

tick lifecycle

 

It would seem to be most effective to interrupt the life cycle in the early stages during the nymphal period.  I have read in some literature that people have placed old paper towel tubes (biodegradable) filled with  permethrin soaked cotton balls.  Permethrin is highly toxic to ticks but not toxic to mammals (especially humans).  The mice use the cotton for their nests and it kills all the nymphal ticks that attach to them and therefore there will be a corresponding drop in deer tick populations and Lyme disease.  This method is safe and has been used in Texas and other places for deer tick control.  The only caveat would be to keep it away from water because permethrin is toxic to fish.  It is just an idea but certainly a plausible one in an effort to take extra steps to keep all of us safe.  Permethrin can be purchased at REI and it is far more effective against ticks than deet.  At the very least I would suggest to apply it to your clothing in an effort to thwart any tick encounters.

I hope this helps everyone.

Take care,

Brian  

 

From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Leanne
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 8:26 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [walks-and-rambles-in-RI] Important tick information

 

http://www.tickencounter.org/

 

 

Hello to all, the above link is something I thought was worthwhile to share w/ members. There is alot of good info on this site.

 

 

      Dr. Mather guy from URI who created this webpage is apparently quite the regional expert on this subject. There are some interesting links including ways to have tick-resistant clothing.

Check it out!

 

Leanne 





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