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Re: Ticks survive washing!


> Carroll used a combination of water temperature settings and detergent types
> to wash the ticks. The majority of lone star ticks survived all the
> water-detergent combinations with no obvious side effects. Most of the deer
> ticks lived through the cold and warm water settings as well. But when one
> type of detergent was used with a hot water setting, only 25 percent of the
> deer ticks survived.

FYI, from J. Med. Entomol. 40(5): 732B736 (2003), written by the same
author that this USDA article is citing (four years later, huh)...

The detergent that was most effective at killing ticks was 'Clout', sold
through Costco, in "an amount slightly greater than the manufacture's 
recommendation for a moderate size load of wash".

In contrast, powdered Tide and liquid Heavy Duty Ultra both had about
35% efficacy.

   http://www.mallorn.com/~lindsey/HowToWashClothesToKillTicks.pdf

Chris

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