Insect Shield® and World Vision® Partnering to Protect in Harvey’s Wake

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Hundreds of Insect Shield repellent protection blankets are being donated to Houston residents as stagnant waters become a breeding ground for disease-carrying insects.
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GREENSBORO, NC & SEATTLE, WA – Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall again last Wednesday, this time over eastern Texas and parts of western Louisiana, continuing its deluge of historic proportions. Since Friday, Harvey has flooded Houston and the surrounding area with nearly 52+ inches of rain in four days, a single-storm record for the contiguous U.S.

About 30 percent of Harris County, which includes Houston, is under water. This equates to 500+ miles. To put the vastness into proportion, this equates to an area more than twice the size of Chicago. According to CNN, the death toll has climbed to 39 (this number has gone up). Currently, thousands are in need of help, an estimated 30,000-40,000 homes have been destroyed by the flooding, and more than 10,000 have sought refuge in Houston’s convention center.

Mosquito-Borne Illness
At this point the rains have subsided, however stagnant water is everywhere creating ripe conditions for mosquitoes to flourish. Insect Shield, an EPA-registered technology application for clothing and gear, has donated more than 1,500 Insect Shield Protection Blankets to its partner, World Vision, in an effort to help protect residents via the donation of Insect Shield protective blankets.

Insect Shield and World Vision have a longstanding collaboration in the fight against vector-borne illness across the globe through the World Vision Promise Pack and Gift Catalog programs. To date, the programs have placed thousands of Insect Shield Protection Blankets in the hands of those most at-risk for malaria, Dengue fever and other diseases throughout Malawi, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Cambodia, Philippines, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Haiti and Nicaragua.

July 25, 2014 - Grand Prairie, TX - Volunteers at World Vision prepare "Promise Packs" for children along the U.S. border. The backpacks include a blanket, toothbrush, hairbrush and some school supplies. NOTE: Shari Kuiken from Family Christian Stores is at center.

Insect Shield blankets offer built-in, effective protection from mosquitoes, ticks, flies and fleas. The blankets are ideal for disaster response circumstances as they can be used by the entire family, including infants, children of any age and women who are pregnant or nursing. In addition to the repellent properties, the protection blankets double as ground and sleeping covers in temporary shelter locations.

The orange color of the blanket is Reatrey’s favorite. Reatrey wants to use this blanket when she sleeps with her mother and her baby sister. But for now, she must wait until she grows bigger. Reatrey has lived with her grandparents, who are farmers, since she was a baby. Her parents work near the Cambodian-Thai border to earn money for their living. Reatrey has one older brother and a baby sister. Summary: Over sixteen hundred children in the Leuk Daek Area Development Program have received packages of school material, such as backpacks, pens, pencils, rulers, crayons, notebooks, blankets, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, handkerchiefs, and shoes through Gift In Kinds Program. Project name: Leuk Daek ADP Funding: United States

“We are grateful to Insect Shield for its generous contribution toward World Vision’s humanitarian response following Hurricane Harvey,” said Reed Slattery, World Vision national gifts-in-kind director. “Support from our partners will go a long way toward enabling World Vision to reach the people of Texas affected by this disaster.”

About Insect Shield® Technology: Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by 75+ leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps and approved for distribution in 46 countries. For more information visit, insectshield.com

Gear Tips: How To Get Bugs To Bug Off

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Bugs. This time of the year, they seem to make their way into everything. Pests can sneak through screen doors, sprays and camping equipment, generally cause people a huge pain—or at the very least, annoyance. But can critters so tiny really be that dangerous?

They can. In fact, Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing epidemics to date, currently with 300,000 new diagnoses occurring per year in the U.S., according to the CDC. Yet Lyme and other insect-borne illnesses such as West Nile and Zika are preventable, with one caveat – awareness. Enter Insect Shield® repellent clothing and gear.

Where It All Began
Insect Shield® was born from a request by the U.S. Military, who was looking for a durable, long-lasting way of adhering the bug repellent permethrin to uniforms in order to ward off insects in dangerous and disease-prone environments. In 1996, Insect Shield® researchers perfected that formula and implemented it across the military’s specialized equipment, reportedly dropping Lyme disease cases in the West Point Military Academy to zero. Learn more about the story behind Insect Shield® by watching this video.

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Each Outdoor Research product made with Insect Shield® is tested, proven, and registered to repel a wide range of bugs like mosquitos, ticks, flies, chiggers, ants, and midges (no-see-ums) – all pests that are actually more dangerous than they are annoying. Each of these insects include a surprising number of species that carry dangerous diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, dengue fever, Zika virus, Lyme disease, and more.

Insect Shield® Third-Party Testing
Insect Shield® is proven to be effective and long-lasting, and can be worn and used by the entire family with no restrictions. Treated products are put through a ringer of 3rd party testing like “KD” Knockdown, field testing, and more to ensure complete effectiveness. Plus, all Insect Shield® apparel is EPA-registered. Check out these tests in action right here.

The Insect Shield® repellent works just like repellent sprays and lotions, but stays on your clothing and gear – not on the skin. Topical repellants may still be used for exposed skin, especially in heavily bug-infested areas or areas where malaria and other diseases are at risk. Since this treatment is so tightly bound to the fabric, your gear remains effective and bug-free through an expected lifetime of roughly 70 washes.

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Photo by Michael Vanderhyde

Seattle-based Janine Robertson developed her passion for the outdoors from her experiences as a biking and hiking tour guide throughout Europe. After numerous years of guiding she was ready for a home base and chose the Pacific Northwest for its proximity to endless outdoor opportunities. She moved into PR/communications and has promoted adventure travel, outdoor, fitness and beauty products since 1994. In her free time, Robertson loves chasing her two boys up the trail on a beautiful hike, going for long runs or paddle boarding

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Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing epidemics to date with numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing to an estimated 340,000.

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ticks 2Yet, Lyme and other insect borne illnesses are preventable, with one caveat – awareness. Insect Shield® is addressing the educational awareness voids head-on. The latest initiatives include collaborations with leading insect-borne disease heath experts and non-profits, enhanced protection program options for outdoor workers, families and pregnant women, and an expanded line-up of brand partners throughout the globe.

Insect Shield continues to be called upon by partners concerned about insect-borne diseases for help devising and communicating education tools and prevention tactics and has reached out to leading health experts to ramp up resources in the wake of Zika and Lyme concerns. Integral in the process were, Joe Conlon, Technical Advisor for the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) and Dr. Thomas Mather, Director of the University of Rhode Island Tick Encounter Resource Center and one of the nation’s leading tick experts. Insect Shield also worked with leading board-certified neurologist, Elena Frid, and non-profit partner Project Lyme.

According to the CDC, Lyme disease is the fastest growing Vector Borne Infectious Disease in the United States.

  • THERE ARE AT LEAST 340,000 NEWLY DIAGNOSED LYME CASES PER YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES ALONE.
  • LYME DISEASE IS AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE WITH DOMINANTLY NEUROLOGICAL SYMPTOMS.
  • THE NUMBER OF LYME CASES REPORTED ANNUALLY IN THE US HAS INCREASED 25-FOLD SINCE NATIONAL SURVEILLANCE BEGAN IN 1982.
  • THERE ARE 5 SUBSPECIES OF BORRELIA BURGDORFERI, OVER 100 STRAINS IN THE US, AND 300 STRAINS WORLDWIDE.
  • FEWER THAN 50% OF PATIENTS WITH LYME DISEASE RECALL A TICK BITE OR RASH.
  • RESEARCH INDICATES 50-70% OF PATIENTS TESTED FOR LYME DISEASE RECEIVE FALSE NEGATIVE RESULTS.
  • OVER 50% OF TICKS IN LYME-ENDEMIC AREAS ARE INFECTED WITH THE LYME BACTERIA.
  • AT LEAST 50% OF LYME DISEASE SYMPTOMS CAN BE EASILY MISTAKEN FOR OTHER ILLNESSES.
  • 20-60% OF LYME PATIENTS END UP WITH LONG TERM HEALTH PROBLEMS.
  • THE AVERAGE PATIENT SEES 5 DOCTORS OVER NEARLY A 2 YEAR PERIOD BEFORE BEING DIAGNOSED.
  • SHORT TREATMENT COURSES HAVE RESULTED IN AT LEAST 40% RELAPSE RATE, ESPECIALLY WHEN TREATMENT IS DELAYED.

Detailed information about a variety of vector-borne diseases, and the insects that can carry them, has been added to the newly enhanced Insect Shield website. Expanded work wear and lifestyle protective products, including options for children and pregnant women, are also available. Additionally, a more robust IS Your Own Clothes program enables impacted consumers, teams, campers and global health workers to get their own clothing treated. The program was deployed by the US Rowing team for added protection during the 2016 Rio Olympics, and now features a more user-friendly ordering process and multi-pack incentive options.

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Catastrophic floods in Peru wipe out infrastructure impacting 1 million people, a third of whom are children, and breed ripe conditions for mosquito-borne illness.

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What happened?
Rain. Heavy, incessant rain, powered by El Nino, has soaked the country of Peru causing rivers to overflow and massive mudslides to occur destroying roads and wiping out entire villages. It is said to be the worst flooding Peru has seen in more than 20 years.

Impact
Death tolls continue to increase and more than 100 people have already lost their lives. 150,000 have lost their homes. According to Caritas Internationalis, a Catholic relief organization specializing in disaster response, with teams in Peru right now, the country’s infrastructure has suffered severe impact from the torrential rain and mudslides. 258 bridges are down and 6000 km of highways are damaged.

Food, Water & Illness
Food prices are rising steeply due to road blockages, drinking water systems have been contaminated and illness is on the rise.

Mosquito-Borne Illness
The situation is said to get worse as weather experts warn of more heavy rains throughout the country in the coming weeks. Stagnant water is everywhere creating ripe conditions for mosquitoes to flourish. Unfortunately, the Aedes aegypti mosquito in particular, endemic in Peru and known to cause Dengue fever, Chikungunya and Zika virus, is thriving in the current post flood conditions.

peru 9Protective Efforts
The Ministry of Health has started an aerial-spraying campaign to minimize the spread of the Aedes aegypti mosquito and donations of mosquito nets are in the works.

Insect Shield® is proud to support the efforts of the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation and Caritas with the help of Rotarians Stephen Baker, Patti Urban and Catarina Jimenez. Caritas will be distributing protective nets to impacted people in need throughout the flooded areas along the coastal mountains near Lima.

Additionally, a portion of the Insect Shield nets will be brought to Peru courtesy of Catarina Jimenenz aboard the only regularly operating hospital boat in the Peruvian Amazon. The boat, known as Tucunare is the only medical facility serving the remote upper reaches of the Peruvian Amazon River and its major tributaries. It reaches those who would otherwise not have access to basic healthcare, much less protective nets. https://www.projectamazonas.org/

Insect Shield Partnership with the Mosquitero Project
In 2011, The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne received their first Rotary International Grant to buy and distribute anti-malaria Mosquiteros in Bolivar State in Venezuela. Their Global Grant #1411141 afforded the ability to distribute 6,000 nets throughout 2014 and 2015 and was chosen as one of “20 Grants to be Honored” by the Rotary Foundation for its 2017 100th anniversary.

Insect Shield has supported the Mosquitero Project since the initial grant was received in 2011. The first donation included the treatment of 2000 anti-malaria mosquitero hammocks. The nets were donated to Ye’kuana and Sanema people living on the malaria-impacted Rios Ventuari & Caura in Venezuela. The objective of the project was to reduce the rate of malaria infection among the indigenous people who are the exclusive residents of the upper section of the Ventuari River – the Alto Ventuari – in Amazonas State, Venezuela.

Malaria is widespread and on the rise throughout the Amazon basin. The disease sickens tens of thousands and kills thousands of people each year in Venezuela. The region of Venezuela with the highest incidence of the disease per thousand people is Amazonas State, home to a mostly indigenous population.

The indigenous people of Amazonas are some of the poorest in the country and often live in physically isolated communities, far from medical services. Malaria can strike any person exposed to an infected mosquito, but it is young children, pregnant women, and the elderly who are most likely to die of the disease.

peru 3Efforts and Partnerships Continue
Since the beginning, with help from Insect Shield and others, 10,000 nets have been distributed in Venezuela and an additional 14,000 are slated for delivery in Peru.

Where Next?
Insect Shield global health expert partner and humanitarian, Stephen Baker, has just finished a fact-finding trip to Colombia where it is likely he will start the next Mosquitero Project. Insect Shield plans to continue support of the incredible work of Stephen and his colleagues in an effort to protect those most at risk for insect-borne illnesses in some of the most remote corners of globe.

peru 7For more Information and How to Help?
Contacts

Patti Urban
mosquiteroprojectperu@gmail.com

Steve Baker
canukcanoe@gmail.com
$10 buys and delivers one of our state of the art LLIN style mosquiteros to a poor family living in the Peruvian Amazon Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation is a Charitable organization under IRS 501 c 3

About Insect Shield:
Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by 75+ leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps and approved for distribution in 46 countries. For more information visit, insectshield.com

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Insect Shield® Team Spotlight: Meet Molly McGuire

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mollyWe are quite a mixed bag of personalities here at Insect Shield. With our corporate HQ in Greensboro, NC and satellite offices in Seattle, WA, Zhucheng and Shanghai, China and Tokyo, Japan our range of interests are diverse to say the least…

It takes a brave, adventurous soul to join our eclectic ranks comprised of everything from golf and race car enthusiasts, to jewelry makers, million mile global travelers, cat lovers, vintage antique collectors, runners, new Mom’s, former US Army Colonel’s, serial CEO entrepreneurs and even … a ukulele-playing yodeler!

We found someone amazing who is game for the challenge. Meet Molly McGuire, Insect Shield’s new Sales and Marketing Administrator. We are thrilled to add a “guacamole-loving/hiker/biker/runner/mountain-lover” to the Insect Shield mix and grateful to have Molly on board!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
In college, I spent a summer as a camp counselor at a cowboy/western themed camp in southern California. The entire camp looked like a western town complete with tepees, covered wagons, farm animals, and at the end of every week, we had a Rodeo with all the campers.  I had to dress up like a cowboy every day and my cabin was part of a fort. http://www.rawhideranch.com/

Before working at Insect Shield, where were you working?
I was working at nuun, which makes electrolyte drink tablets that you add to water. I have held various roles at nuun, from customer service, logistics, and human resources/recruiting. https://nuunlife.com/

How did you first learn about Insect Shield?
I first learned about Insect Shield from a pair of socks that I purchased from ExOfficio. I wore them in Minnesota, which is where I am originally from. Growing up in Minnesota, you are no stranger to ticks and mosquitoes.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
I couldn’t live without my reusable water bottle since I try to avoid buying bottled water.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?
Guacamole or avocados in general.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
I went to Brazil as part of a study abroad program with Semester at Sea and I really enjoyed the culture, music, and food.

Where is your favorite place to be?
My favorite place is anywhere in the mountains.

 What is your favorite things to do?
I enjoy hiking, riding my bike, running, traveling, hot yoga, drinking craft beer, and cooking. I also enjoy gardening and canning homemade jam.

What has been the most important innovation you have witnessed in your lifetime?
How a cell phone turned into a smartphone. I love how I can check my email, get calendar updates, surf the web, play music, and take pictures all on my Android.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I would be a tour guide for an outdoor company. I enjoy telling stories and I once spent a summer as a bicycle tour guide in Alaska.

Tell us something (or a few things) that might surprise us about you.
I have an identical twin sister that also lives in Seattle. She is 7 minutes older than me and she never lets me forget it. J

Top three life highlights?
– Finishing my first marathon in October, 2016. To date, I have ran 13 half marathons and 3 Ragnar Relay Races in less than 2 years.
– Living in Aspen, CO
– I went on an alternative spring break in college and I rebuilt homes in Louisiana after Hurricane Rita.

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Urban travel, the fastest growing segment of the global leisure travel market, soars 82% driving apparel innovation.

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City trips have soared 82% since 2007 to reach a 22% share of all holidays (IBT World Travel Trends Report). As travelers visit both urban destinations, they are faced with exploration that may be physically challenging, include a range in temperatures, and prolonged sun exposure. In response, the outdoor industry has blurred the lines between fashion and function to provide modern styling and functional innovation to empower travelers to experience all a location has to offer.

Insect Shield sat down with travel apparel brand partner, ExOfficio®, to discuss the rise in urban travel and associated performance apparel needs. Here’s what they had to share…

Key challenges for today’s travelers:
Sun/Heat Exposure

One of the most important challenges facing today’s traveler is the health risk associated with exposure to sun and heat. The American Cancer Society states that rates of melanoma, otherwise known as skin cancer, have been rising for the past 30 years and that close to 90,000 cases of melanoma will be diagnosed this year. The same rising trend is occurring with global temperature. The global average temperature in 2016 was the highest it’s ever been in over 100 years with 2016 being the highest yet (National Centers for Environmental Information). As participation in adventure travel steadily grows and warm-weather destinations remain as popular as ever, adventure travelers need apparel that provides protection from the sun and heat so they can stay safe and maximize their experiences.

“Travelers are keenly aware of the health risks that come from exposure to sun and heat. They are looking for products that protect them and allow them to stay outside longer and maximize their adventures,” said Julie Snow, VP of design and product development for ExOfficio. “They are also packing light and need apparel solutions that not only provide protection, but keep them looking good and feeling fresh for the duration of their trip.”

Insect-Borne Diseases
In addition to the challenges created by increased temperatures and sun exposure, travelers are looking for protection from insects that can carry dangerous diseases such as Zika, Lyme and malaria. The recent outbreak of the Zika virus has highlighted the importance of this type of protection and helped to educate travelers on the various protective options available.

For travelers, an ideal choice for protective clothing is ExOfficio’s BugsAway collection with Insect Shield®. ExOfficio, a leading brand of travel apparel designed to provide comfortable performance solutions for travelers, was the first consumer apparel brand in the U.S. to utilize Insect Shield technology in 2004.

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Photo credit: ExOfficio

In spring 2017, ExOfficio has reached the pinnacle of technical fashion innovation by pioneering trend-forward aesthetic designs and combined it with both and BugsAway with Insect Shield® and Sol Cool™ technology giving travelers more options and elevated protection. BugsAway styles incorporate Insect Shield® technology, an invisible and odorless permethrin treatment that provides a convenient and effective layer of all-day protection from annoying insects and the potential exposure to insect bites while Sol Cool™ cooling technologies reduce skin temperature, increase comfort, and neutralize odor to prolong the time travelers can remain on the move in hot climates.

About ExOfficio®
ExOfficio believes that the magic of travel, whether you seek different cultures, epic scenery or the thrill of the unknown, is a chance to create perspective and vitality by opening your mind to the wonders of the world. Since 1987, ExOfficio has celebrated the traveler by crafting garments that allow one to experience the world unhindered. Intelligently designed products with tangible benefits—including the best-selling Give-N-Go® underwear collection and lightweight, wrinkle-free fabrics with bug, sun and water protection—are focused on one goal: comfortable performance. ExOfficio is sold internationally, online and in specialty outdoor and travel stores, including five of their own flagship stores in the U.S. For more information about ExOfficio, visit exofficio.com.

About Insect Shield®
Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by 75+ leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and US Marine Corps and approved for distribution in 46 countries. For more information visit, insectshield.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happiest of holidays to you and yours…

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christmascard2016-sAll of us at Insect Shield appreciate the support this past year. We look forward to working hard to keep the critters of you, your loved ones, and your pets in the coming year… This year we are very proud to support the incredible efforts of World Vision and will be placing an Insect Shield World Vision blanket in the hands of those in need on behalf of all of our clients. Enjoy the time with friends and family and we’ll be back to fend off the bugs soon!

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Snow Before Halloween! At Least the Ticks Will Die, Right? No Such Luck.

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pumpkinsnow1200Connecticut residents have already seen their first snowstorm of the season. Many are thrilled, Some… not so much. Others are celebrating the notion that it might render the dreaded ticks, in such abundance, frosted!

 


Do Ticks Die after First Frost? No Such Luck, And We’ve Got the Proof

Fall/Winter Protection for Yourself, Families and Pets

Have you been wondering (or hoping) that the recent chill in the air sweeping the nation will freeze the palps off of the ticks that have plagued us and our beloved pets this summer? It’d be nice, right? Wishful thinking… We reached out to tick expert, Dr. Thomas Mather, to find out more about just how hardy ticks are and if they can actually survive in the cooler weather months. Here is his unfortunate response…

“Some species, like American dog tick and Lone Star tick are just not active in fall and winter months. Others, like Blacklegged (deer) tick can remain active in their adult stage from fall to spring as long as the temperature is above freezing,” explains Dr Mather, Director of the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Vector-Borne Disease and TickEncounter Resource Center

Dr Mather and his team have conducted extensive tests to determine if dreaded ticks actually die in the cold weather.

Here is a re-cap.

Indoor testing: Recently, TickEncounter put some adult female deer ticks in their own polar vortex (aka, the freezer), and ticks were killed in 24 hours. The temperature was -2°F. Being attacked by fewer ticks come springtime would be some kind of payback for the extreme heating bills of this winter. However, outside in nature, the ticks borough under leaves, snow and other debris to stay warm. Also over evolutionary time, ticks have experienced their share of frigid polar vortex conditions…and somehow survived them.

Outdoor testing: So, they took more ticks outside to test what would happen. Spoiler alert: watch the video and get prepared to be shocked!

Polar Vorticks
https://youtu.be/5kjxgCdnaQM

Interview with “The Tick Guy”
https://youtu.be/c0PH4uoqytM
tick-WEBDr. Thomas Mather

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#TalkAboutTicks – Insect Shield Proud Supporters of Project Lyme

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Project Lyme Founder, Heather Hearst + Ally Hilfiger

Lyme disease: 300,000 Cases a Year, Yet Still a Silent Epidemic. Project Lyme, Ally Hilfiger, and Leading Doctors met up in New York at the Hearst Tower for a Vital Conversation about Prevention Tactics/Early Detection

It’s time to #TalkAboutTicks. Lyme disease is one of the fastest growing epidemics to date with numbers of US cases reported per year skyrocketing to 300,000 Yet, Lyme and other tick borne illnesses are preventable, with one caveat – awareness. Lyme can begin with a flu-like symptoms, joint pain, headaches, brain fog and sometimes the infamous “bulls-eye” rash or even facial paralysis. When not detected early it can lead to excruciating pain, heart problems and psychological and neurological disorders. Prevention and early detection are vital. Heather Hearst and Project Lyme gathered for cocktails and conversation with top leaders, doctors and scientists in the Lyme community.

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Nearly 30 years ago, a proper diagnosis and antibiotic treatment saved the life of Project Lyme founder, Heather Hearst. Decades later, the patients she meets with and hears about are still fighting a silent battle. Focused on prevention and early diagnosis, Project Lyme, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is putting a spotlight on Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.

Insect Shield is excited to partner with the most committed organizations, such as Project Lyme, and shares a common goal of raising awareness about early prevention and early detection of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases on a national and global scale.

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