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Are Consumers Ready for Bug Repellent Clothing? We Think So.

New Orleans, LA. May 2, 2018. An alarming new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites have tripled in the United States in recent years.

“Zika, West Nile, Lyme, and chikungunya—a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea—have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick. And we don’t know what will threaten Americans next,” said CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, M.D. 

The CDC urges people to use bug repellent and to wear bug repellent clothing – clothes treated with permethrin.

“We find that most people haven’t heard of bug repellent clothes,” says Jennifer John, founder of New Orleans apparel startup Pang Wangle. “But once we explain that the bug repellent is odorless, safe, and it really works, then they are excited to have that option.”

Pang Wangle sells a lightweight, bug repellent scarf made of recycled fabrics, promoting it as an outdoor and travel accessory to keep mosquitos and ticks off your neck. They’ll add a line of bug repellent and sun protective shirts this summer.

“We don’t think fears of infected bugs should keep us trapped indoors,” says John. “It’s time to adapt. Bug repellent clothes aren’t just for safaris or backwoods camping anymore – they’re an everyday need. We go to the park, a backyard party, a festival. We should have that extra protection.”

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