In July 2017, the MESHED Jumpsuit was launched. It is the culmination of creator Teresa Oppedal's longing for non-toxic, lightweight, breathable and elegant defense against biting bugs in her Austin, Texas, yard. Tired of the onerous task of suiting up in heavy long sleeves and pants and dousing skin and yard with toxic chemicals in order to enjoy being outside, she sewed a jumpsuit out of super-fine gauge mesh. After sixteen years of searching for a solution on the market, MESHED was born. In this time of heightened concern for rampant insect-borne diseases like Zika, West Nile and Lyme Disease, MESHED is now being shared for sale through the MESHED website.
Beyond being beautiful the Jumpsuit is effective. It has been tested against mosquitoes at the Molecular Vector Physiology Lab at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, and trail-tested by hikers in Maine against ticks. The very positive results can viewed on Meshed.buzz.
"This was totally freeing! It was a perverse entertainment looking down and watching these ticks trying to make their way to our skin. Many just fell off, others we flicked off." Nancy Baker, Maine outdoor enthusiast after her first hike in MESHED
Kate LeSueur Photography