Monday, 16 April 2018 17:20

Skowhegan business expands tick repellent clothing Featured

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SKOWHEGAN - As the last of the snow recedes, the tick population is once against starting to surge.

But this spring, Dog Not Gone can make sure you and your pet are covered.

"We cover you head from toe," said Dog Not Gone CEO Julie Swain, "we have socks, gaitors, cargo pants for kids, vests, hats, all sorts of things to keep the bugs off and keep you safe."

After 13 years, the Skowhegan based business has now expanded its outerwear line to people, using the same permethrin treated fabric to bring you freedom from pesky ticks, mosquitoes and black flies.

"We found a lot of people were not only looking for something for their dogs, but for themselves," said Swain.

It's a Maine business, using American made products, by Maine people making clothing that they say is not a pest to you or your pet.

"Oh, they love it," said Maggie Swain, Julie's daughter who also works for Dog Not Gone. "They sleep in it, they wear it all the time it doesn't bug them at all."

Not only does it keep the bugs from not bugging, but the high visibility fabric can increase the chances of keeping you safe.

And with spring having just sprung, employees say there is plenty of time to grab some of the favorites. 

"My favorite is probably the hat because it keeps away the black flies from my head," said Maggie. 

"It's so easy just to grab the hat when it's black fly season, throw the gators on over your pants when you go out to mow the lawn or go for a hike with your dog," said Julie. 

Whatever your outdoor interest, you can find these products at their factory store on Dane Avenue in Skowhegan, at your local Walmart store or a number of retailers in the northeast.

More information can be found on DogNotGone.com.

Blake Lipton

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