Use Your Dryer To Kill Ticks on Your Clothing

Kill-ticks-in-your-dryerHere’s a great tip for summer: After camping or spending time outside, toss dry clothing into a dryer on high heat for 6 minutes to kill any ticks.

It turns out ticks are sensitive to dryness and high heat. If the clothing items are wet, run the dryer cycle for a longer cycle time. This is according to research done by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, “The recent research found that drying time can be significantly reduced if clothes aren’t washed first, as ticks are extremely sensitive to dryness.”

The researchers tested washing items of clothing in cold, warm and hot water. It found that many of the ticks survived the wash cycle and took a longer time to die in the dryer afterwards.

 

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