If you run an animal shelter or volunteer for one, you know how susceptible you are to fleas and ticks. Stray and abandoned animals that are picked up and taken to animal shelters and rescue organizations are often covered with fleas. Sometimes, they have ticks as well. While one of the first things that occur to these animals after they arrive is that they are given a bath to remove the pests from their fur and skin. In the meantime, humans are susceptible to having fleas and ticks jump onto them. 

Fortunately, there is clothing available that has insect repellent manufactured directly into the fabric. Here's what you need to know. 

Insect Repellent Clothing

Insect repellent clothing has an insecticide bonded to the fibers of the fabric. The insecticide doesn't wash out of the material for an extended period of time. You'll need to check the labeling directions for how many washes the various brands and types of clothing say that the clothing will continue to repellent insects, but it's generally a lot longer than the typical spray-on methods that last roughly six weeks or six washings. 

Keep Track of the Number of Washings 

Of course, you'll want to be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions regarding care and maintenance for the insect repellent clothing so the effect lasts as long as possible. If you have more than one set of the clothing, it's a good idea to keep track of the number of washings that each piece goes through, which can be easily done by using a permanent marker on the label to annotate which piece of clothing correlates to a list you will make to keep track of the washings with tally marks. Use letters of the alphabet or numbers to differentiate the individual items.

Order Insect Repellent Clothing In Bulk 

If you manage an animal shelter or you volunteer for a group that rescues stray animals, you may benefit financially from placing an order for insect repellent clothing in bulk. By ordering more at once, you may be given a discount. If you don't see this option listed on the website, speak with a customer service representative about the possibility. Perhaps they have separate rates for bulk orders or for non-profit organizations. Having these clothing items on hand will also help you have spare clothing to change into in case the inevitable happens and an animal urinates or defecates on your shirt or pants while you handle them.  

For more information, contact a company that sells insect repellent clothing