I'm Thomas Mather, a professor at the University of Rhode Island and a researcher on the subject of diseases carried by ticks and other biting insects. Like you, I'm very concerned about increases in diseases like Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Unfortunately, children playing and hiking outdoors are particularly susceptible.
Now, there is an important new way to help keep children as safe as possible from biting ticks and insects whenever playing outdoors, camping, or hiking. And, it's easy, too. Insect Shield is a new technology that builds insect repellency directly into children's (and adult's) clothes. Safe and effective protection is built in; all you have to do is wear the clothing.
I do not have any relationship with this company other than the fact that I visited their headquarters in North Carolina to personally ask them to create a line of Insect Shield clothes intended especially for summer campers. I suggested that if they would produce such clothes, I would be willing to help get the word out about this protection technology. I also plan for our Center to become an affiliate through our outreach website.
Insect Shield agreed to my request, and now clothes with Insect Shield technology are available for you to offer to your campers and staff.
The insect protection provided by this clothing will last much longer than just through summer camp—the repellency lasts through 70 washes - so children can be protected at camp, in the backwoods, and after they return to their backyards at home.
The Insect Shield program they have put together seems very easy and gives camps 3 benefits:
I also encourage you to look at our website for results of a trial using this technology to protect people wearing summer weight clothes from tick bites. Contact us if you have specific questions. Tick and mosquito transmitted diseases are completely preventable if you and your camper families are ready to take appropriate action.