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Minnesota company takes aim at mosquitoes, ticks with new clothing line

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A Crystal-based clothier is taking a new approach to protecting its clientele from mosquitoes, ticks and other bugs outdoors, FOX 9 reports.

The Ticked Off Clothing Company says it is selling apparel with the powerful insecticide permethrin woven in.

Mark McAlpin, who started the company with his brother, says the apparel not only protects people from mosquitoes and ticks, but red ants, chiggers, midges, deer flies and deer ticks.

"We're tired of hearing about Lyme disease, West Nile," McAlpin told FOX 9.

Permethrin was approved for use in cotton by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1979, the agency says. It has also proven to be highly effective in mosquito environments, the station adds.

Ticked Off clothing is so effective, McAlpin claims, that people wearing the apparel no longer have to wear lotions and sprays to protect themselves from bugs.

While the Ticked Off Clothing Company is among the first to sell gear with permethrin, the Army already treats most military clothing with it, FOX 9 says.

The Fort Campbell (Kentucky) Courier lists the benefits of treating Army combat uniforms (ACUs) with the repellent.

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