I got into some seed ticks today while I was mapping roads. Wes says the dryer kills seed ticks and handily collects them in the lint trap. Well I don’t have a dryer, but if heat is their nemesis I have other ways to heat them up. How about the microwave? Easy solution for t-shirt and socks. I put those in a produce bag from the grocery store and nuked them for a minute. My nylon pants with the zip off legs concerned me. But they had the most ticks on them. I did the legs one at a time for 30 seconds. The plastic zippers with the small metal runner seem to be OK. I put them in the dishpan to wash them and the tiny ticks just floated off in the water, no hope of crawling again.
I had a failure on the shorts though. The decorative metal zipper pulls on the pockets got hot enough to melt the nylon. I think it would have worked if I had gotten some pliers and pulled those off first. Makes me like my other pants with the fabric tabs on the zippers.
Outdoor clothing manufacturers should make some design adjustments so they can add “Microwave safe” to their label.