Minnesota business sells clothing that repels insects

By KBJR News 1

August 27, 2014 Updated Aug 27, 2014 at 6:35 PM CDT

Crystal, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A Minnesota family has created a business that will keep you bug free, without having to go anywhere near a can of bug spray.

The McAlpin family launched Getting Ticked Apparel in April. An EPA–approved pesticide called permethrin is woven into the clothing's fabric.

"Permethrin is all natural," said Travis McAlpin, Senior VP of Getting Ticked Apparel, "It's the same stuff you would use for lice shampoo or you would put on your dog to keep wood ticks and such off of him and fleas."

Getting Ticked Apparel uses a company called Insect Shield to treat their clothing. The treated clothing keeps the insects away for 70 washes.

The McAlpins started their business after Kevin McAlpin started using the treated clothing at his utility work apparel company.

"So Insect Shield partnered with them and they went ahead and started providing it for people," said Mark McAlpin, Midwest Regional VP for Getting Ticked Apparel, "We [the McAlpins] decided well, why not? Why can't we provide it for people like us; the fisherman, the camper, the landscaper?"

The McAlpins say they want to expand their line to include more women's clothing and garments for dogs.

"I do a lot of camping and what's nice is it brought the enjoyment back to it," said Mark.

Ticked Off Apparel is available at Big B's Bait & Tackle in Plymouth. You can also find it online, by clicking here, or by contacting Mark McAlpin at tickedoffclothing14@gmail.com.

Jennifer Austin

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