Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Slovak scientists develop anti-tick socks

More items of clothing with the unique fibre will be developed.

Illustrative Stock Photo(Source: TASR)

Scientists from the Institute of Parasitology at the Slovak Academy of Science (SAV) have developed anti-tick socks based on natural substances with an insect repelling effect.

“The scientists are presenting a prototype of the functional fibre Prolen Tickfree with a modification based on natural substances which demonstrate a repellent effect against ticks,” said Monika Hucáková, spokesperson for the Slovak Academy of Science, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

The first commercial product using the fibre are socks, she adds. The project is connected with a new approach in parasitology in combination with chemical technology to protect people and domestic animals from ticks and the dangerous diseases they transmit.

The SAV together with universities in Košice are also testing other pieces of clothing as well as equipment to protect domestic animals.

Read also:Slovak students earn international prize for innovative tick repellant

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Kuciak did not even have a computer as a child and he grew up to be an analyst

A village boy who angered Marian Kocner. A profile of Ján Kuciak, who recently received the White Crow award in memoriam.

Ján Kuciak

UPDATED: Lajčák considers resignation if the migration compact is rejected

The foreign affairs minister also admitted to some disputes with PM Robert Fico.

Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák

How to cope with waste

Slovakia lags behind in recycling and reducing waste, but examples of other countries, particularly the Netherlands, are helping Slovakia implement strategies to reduce waste.

Roughly 67 percent of communal waste ended up at landfills in Slovakia, while only 23 percent was recycled.

Europe might not be just an innocent victim

While real estate bubbles in the US, Greece and Spain were partial causes of global crisis, irresponsible lending was also rife in places you hear little about.