Originally Posted by longrangedog
VERY dangerous!!! Google and you'll see why.
I've heard & read that more than once, and read numerous articles on it. I've just not read anything that comes anywher near convinceing me that it's more dangerous than deet or several other repellents/poisons, many of which are methyl-based.
Bear in mind, they're not in contact with my skin; they're around my boots (5.11 HRT's usually), and the cut-off small excess pieces in my pocket, usually back pants pockets.
This is one of my favorite non-articles on the subject: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=29095
Bold headline of, "Pentagon Warns of Flea and Tick Collar Dangers
"; sounds ominous. Then they go on to say that
...about 3 percent of Army and Marine Corps/Navy personnel and about 1 percent of Air Force personnel among the almost 470,000 serving in the Gulf are estimated to have used animal flea and tick collars.
So with more than 10,000 having used them, how many had problems?
Well, none actually; at least none documentable:
...did not provide definite evidence...
Say again? Thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people using them in a seriously sweaty, irritating environment, and "no evidence" of any link to anything bad..?
How that jives with "Pentagon Warns of Flea and Tick Collar Dangers
" is beyond me, but I'm just a hick who's been doing it for a long time, so what do I know.
Longrangedog - don't mean to sound confrontational to you at all; just to the hype & hysteria that our society (including our own defense department) plays up anytime someone plays outside the pre-defined box allotted to the given activity.
My dad used to wash the oil & grime off his arms using gasoline at the end of the day. That was back in the late 60's thru the 70's. He "should" have been dead decades ago. He's nearly 89, and got him a new girlfriend last year. (I just met her last Thanksgiving). I don't recommend washing with gasoline, and I don't do it myself; just offering as an example.
I really don't believe that a dog collar on the outside of a boot is a threat to my well-being any more than a million other things that we all do on a regular basis. I'll be installing a buried 6'x6' vehicle-sensing coil wire under some asphalt later today; down on my hands & knees with my face just a couple feet from the fresh (still-warm) asphalt, in 93-degree Arkansas heat. I figure that's a lot more 'danger' there than in a dog collar on my boot out in the woods.
Again, no offense or hostility meant; and I certainly wouldn't wear them around my bare neck the way dogs do. I just personally don't see it as dangerous as the nannies would have us think. Obviously, jmo and ymmo.