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You can also treat your own clothing with permethrin, using a spray. Unlike the pretreated clothing, which can be washed over and over and retain its tick-repelling ability, clothing you’ve sprayed with permethrin loses its ability to kill ticks after about six weeks, or six washes, whichever comes first. But spraying your sneakers or hiking boots before going out into the woods is another solid tick-prevention technique. You could also spray gardening gloves, pants, shorts, or T-shirts with permethrin.

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