Last updated on May 20th, 2018
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
– 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.