Insect Shield® Donates Holiday Funds to Support Lyme Disease Research

Holiday Gift Funds to go to TickEncounter Research Center at the University of Rhode Island.

SEATTLE, WA - Back in 2009, the Insect Shield team made a decision to donate the money normally spent on holiday gifts to one of their humanitarian partners - The Cacique Isaias Rodriguez Memorial Anti Malaria Project. Thanks to this effort, hundreds of insect repellent “mosquiteros” hammocks have been produced for the Indigenous people who live in Amazonas State in southern Venezuela – a place where malaria rates are off the charts.

This year, Insect Shield wanted to help support another partner, the TickEncounter Research Center at the University of Rhode Island. For over 10 years, URI's Center for Vector-Borne Disease has been committed to tackling the growing tick epidemic via research and new outreach programs. In support of these efforts a contribution of the Insect Shield holiday gift fund has been donated to TickEncounter to help fuel research efforts.

So, Insect Shield partners will not receive hokey holiday cards and chocolate covered ants this year. Instead, a donation has been made on their behalf to help support further research in Lyme disease prevention.

For more information about TickEncounter and to find out how you can help, please visit

About Insect Shield Technology:
In July 2003, Insect Shield introduced the first EPA-registered insect-repellent apparel. Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel technology provides effective, invisible and odorless protection against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) through 70 launderings. Insect Shield® Repellent Gear technology is proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas through six months of constant exposure to weathering (sun/rain). Insect Shield technology has the potential to be an important tool in the battle against insect-borne diseases and improve the health of people worldwide. In partnership with a number of agencies and international relief organizations, Insect Shield technology is being used for apparel and other items that people use daily to aid in protection against insects. For more information: