Permethrin Insect Repellent For Your Clothes – Here’s How It Works…

Permethrin insect repellent for clothes

I just wanted to give you a tip how to keep insects such as ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, and mites off your clothes and away from your body.

It’s completely odorless after drying and ideal for any outdoor activity including fishing, hunting, working in the field or wood, camping and hiking.

One treatment will last up to 6 weeks (or 6 washings)! It will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or outdoor gear.

I have been using this insect repellent on my clothing for years with great success:


Permethrin Insect Repellent For Clothing

Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent Spray

– Non-toxic and registered for use by the U.S. EPA.
– Has been exclusively treating uniforms for the U.S. and Canadian military for 30 years.


How to use Permethrin

It’s simple! I just spray it on clothes that you will be wearing outside!

Note: Your pants are especially important to spray with Permethrin repellent. Why? Because you will typically pick up ticks, chiggers, etc.. while walking through grass and brush. This is where most of them latch on. Instead, they will encounter the repellent which will kill them and/or cause them to fall off.

I live in the northeast where there are a lot of ticks. I’m outside a lot and this insect repellent has worked excellent for me! I always spray it on my pant legs in particular.

Tip: I spray Permethrin on the various hats that I wear and it GREATLY helps keep the mosquitoes and biting flies away from my face.


Frequently Asked Questions about Permethrin

How Does Permethrin Work?

It bonds to the fabric fibers for up to 6 weeks or 6 washings.

When a tick, mosquito, or other insect comes into contact with Permethrin, it absorbs a dose that will either repel or kill the insect.

Note: Because your skin breaks down Permethrin within fifteen minutes of contact, it’s not useful as a personal protection insect repellent when applied to the skin. Instead, for skin, consider this (no DEET) insect repellent:
Sawyer Products Premium with 20% Picaridin, Lotion

What Can I Treat with Permethrin?
It’s safe and compatible with almost all fabrics, and it has an easier time bonding to soft fabrics like cottons, wools, and synthetic blends.

Mosquitoes are better hoppers than flyers, so spraying it on landing surfaces around you will improve your protection. Consider backpacks, tents, camp furniture, hammocks, mosquito netting, luggage, and even bed sheets.

How Do I Apply Permethrin?
Lightly moisten the fabric of the garment with a slow sweeping motion, keeping the bottle about 6 to 8 inches away and treating each side of the garment for about 30 seconds. It should be sprayed directly onto clothing and gear.

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  1. +1,
    I have used Permethrin for about 6 years, it works.
    I live in Florida and chiggers and ticks are a real problem, most years.

  2. Another good reason why i need to just stay put! Mosquitos are about it here, and at our place they are minor

  3. I added this to my list of things to get since I have to work with ticks and mosquitos with my job. Thank you Ken!

  4. Looks like a good thing to use while in the hills cutting firewood , we do have an occasional tick and a few mosquitos .

  5. And in case you do get some bites get some Apis Mel from a homeopathic seller.
    WORKS. Mr. is a hard case on some issues, but made him a believer on this item.
    Yes, I know said it before, but worth saying again.

  6. Having lived my whole life in areas where ticks and chiggers are a huge nuisance, I’ve learned a lot about their habits.

    Most folks don’t think of ticks as tree dwellers. Well, they are. They crawl up the trunks and go out onto the lower limbs, waiting for the unsuspecting mammal to pass underneath. When they detect the higher than ambient temperature passing below, they release their hold on the limb, dropping onto that creature,whether deer, cow, or human. If successful they complete their life cycle. If they miss, they crawl back up and make another attempt.

    No, I am not saying this is the only way they get on you, but folks need to know this aerial method of tick attack. Spray your repellent on your hat/cap and shoulders in addition to around your ankles. Ken’s clothing treatment would cover this avenue.

    1. Thanks Dennis for pointing that out. In addition to crawling up to the top of the branches of tall grasses and bushes, they may be high up enough to fall on your head. I too spray my hat!

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