Permethrin for Clothing

Permethrin Insect Repellent Spray For Your Clothing and How It Works

Permethrin spray insect repellent for clothing is great! I mean, really, it has worked very well for me. Repelling those pesky flying insects. Particularly those that bite!

Since it’s that time of year again, I just put out all my insect repellants on the mud room shelf. Permethrin is front-and-center! Time for a re-post!

I just wanted to give you a tip how to keep insects off your clothing and away from your body – such as ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, ‘no-see-ums’, mites, and other nasties…

Permethrin is completely odorless after drying. It’s ideal for any outdoor activity like hiking, fishing, hunting, working outside, camping, you name it! Applying permethrin is pretty much standard operating procedure for me while outside during the summer months.

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 Permethrin
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– 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 I will be wearing outside!

Insect Repellant For Hats

The best thing I use this for! I typically wear some sort of hat outside. Be it a ball cap, or a wider brim hat – depending on the sun and what I’m doing. Well let me tell you a little secret…

Spray your hats with permethrin, inside and out. This by itself will greatly reduce or eliminate those flying little nasty biting bugs on or around your face and head. Namely, mosquitoes. Ugh, I hate mosquitoes…

Permethrin For Your Pants

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.

“I used this stuff about every month when I was stationed in Louisiana to avoid being carried away by the unofficial state bird, the mosquito. (Rumor had it that one landed at the Army Air Field at Fort Polk and got pumped 5000 gallons of jet fuel before the crew realized what they had).”

“Roughly every payday, I would hang my uniforms on the back porch and spray them until they were damp, and then let them hang to dry. This and Deep Woods Off really cut down on how many bug bites I collected through the warmer months.”

– Papa S.

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 the following (no DEET) insect repellent that works great too!


Sawyer Products Picaridin
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Okay, back to Permethrin…

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.

[ Read: 8 Things That Attract Mosquitoes ]
[ Read: How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes ]

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