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Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent Trigger Spray

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  • Insect-killing repellent for your clothing is effective against ticks, chiggers, mites and mosquitoes for up to 6 weeks (or 6 washings)
  • As effective as 100 percent DEET
  • Will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or outdoor gear
  • Odorless after drying; ideal for use while hunting
  • 12-ounce capacity treats up to 2 complete outfits; non-aerosol pump bottle
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  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00MA950E0
  • Item model number: SP649-P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,072 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Permethrin-treated clothing and outdoor gear is your first line of defense against insects.

About Sawyer

Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered one of the best, most technologically advanced solutions for protection against sun, bugs, water, and injuries -- everything from first aid kits developed for wilderness to point-of-use water filters that filter contaminated water to levels cleaner than U.S. bottled water.

Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent

Effective against mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, and mites for up to 6 weeks

For use on clothing, tents, sleeping bags, and other outdoor gear, Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent not only repels insects, it actually kill mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects on contact. Odorless after drying, Permethrin will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or any of your gear. A single application lasts up to 42 days of sun exposure, or 6 washings.

Use Permethrin on clothing by itself or with skin-applied repellents to create the ultimate protective, armor-like insect barrier. Permethrin is the synthetic version of pyrethrum, which is a natural insecticide that comes from the chrysanthemum flower, and it's non-toxic to humans and registered for use by the U.S. EPA. Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent has been exclusively treating uniforms for the U.S. and Canadian militaries for almost 30 years.

  • 12-ounce capacity treats up to 2 complete outfits
  • 24-ounce capacity treats up to 4 complete outfits
  • A complete outfit consists of a shirt, pants, and pair of socks, and each garment needs 3 ounces of Permethrin to be effective

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does Permethrin Work?

Unlike topical insect repellents applied to the skin, Permethrin is applied to clothing and outdoor gear material, bonding to the fabric fibers for up to 6 weeks (42 days) 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. Applied to clothing, tents, outdoor furniture, or sleeping bags, Permethrin is very effective at reducing the mosquito population in your camping area and keeping ticks from attaching to you.

Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent uses the same active ingredient found in hair shampoos for head lice. However, 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.

Permethrin-treated clothing and fabric should be your first line of defense, and it can be used in conjunction with a topical skin-based repellent such as Sawyer's Picaridin, Maxi Deet, and Ultra30 products.

What Can I Treat with Permethrin?

In addition to clothing and accessories like hats and waders, Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent is ideal for treating backpacks, tents, camp furniture, hammocks, mosquito netting, luggage, and even bed sheets. Since mosquitoes are better hoppers than flyers, adding more Permethrin-treated landing surfaces around you will improve your protection.

Unlike DEET, which may harm some fabrics and materials, Permethrin is compatible for use even on fragile fabrics such as silk, plus all synthetics and waterproof membrane fabrics. Permethrin will not affect plastics or finishes.

While Permethrin is safe and compatible with almost all fabrics, it has an easier time bonding to soft fabrics like cottons, wools, and synthetic blends. It will have a harder time bonding to fabrics with tighter woven fibers like rain flies and waterproof shells. Sweating and exposure to water will not significantly deteriorate the Permethrin application, but washing machine agitation deteriorates the application by knocking the molecules loose from the fabric.

How Do I Apply Permethrin Safely?

Sawyer recommends that you treat clothing and gear with Permethrin outdoors in a well ventilated area. If the treatment is accidentally carried out indoors, no adverse health effects are expected based upon calculations of inhaled dose. However, individuals with breathing problems, such as asthma, may be at greater risk. The odor arising from treating fabric with Permethrin is mostly from the aerosol propellants rather than from the insect repellent itself.

To apply, 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. Sawyer Permethrin should not be added to a washing machine for treatment — it should be sprayed directly onto clothing and gear.

Permethrin Tips & Tricks

  • For optimal protection, apply a topical repellent to exposed skin after treating clothing and gear with Permethrin.
  • Hand wash and air dry if possible to preserve the application. If using a washing machine, select gentle wash and dry cycles.
  • Store garments in dark plastic bags between uses to help preserve the application.
  • For luggage, spray inside your bags when you travel to avoid transporting insects back home.
  • Permethrin can be safely used on dogs, bonding with your dog's hair and providing protection from disease-carrying ticks and insects for up to 2 weeks.
  • Do not expose cats to wet Permethrin, as it affects their central nervous system (dried Permethrin-treated fabric has no effect).
Picaridin Maxi DEET Ultra30 Liposome / DEET 30% DEET Premium Controlled Release Permethrin
Usage Topical (Skin) Topical (Skin & Clothing) Topical (Skin) Topical (Skin & Clothing; cotton, wool, or nylon only) Topical (Skin) Clothing, Tents, and Gear
Active Ingredient 20% Picaridin 98% DEET 30% DEET 30% DEET 20% DEET 0.5% Permethrin
Application Formats Spray Pump & Lotion Spray Pump Lotion Aerosol Spray Lotion Spray Pump
Mosquito & Tick Protection Up to 14 hours (lotion); up to 12 hours (spray) Up to 10 hours Up to 11 hours Up to 10 hours Up to 10 hours Up to 6 weeks sprayed on clothing (or 6 washings)
Protection from Other Insects Biting flies, stable flies, black flies, sand flies, gnats, and chiggers Chiggers, fleas, and gnats Flies Chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects
Sweat Resistant
Great for Areas of High Bug Density
Great for Hunting & Fishing
Great for the Whole Family
Complete Clothing Protection Use with Permethrin Use with Permethrin Use with Permethrin Use with Permethrin Use with Permethrin

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

195 of 204 people found the following review helpful By Jan W. Smith on August 28, 2008
Style Name: 24-Ounce
This product has been a blessing as I work in woods infested with ticks because of a huge deer population. Just spray your clothing as instructed and you won't find ticks on your person anymore. This is the only product that has worked for me 100%!
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208 of 224 people found the following review helpful By stl1psu on December 15, 2011
Style Name: 24-Ounce Verified Purchase
2011 Pennsylvania deer season was unseasonably warm. The first week and a half had high's in the mid 50's. The ticks were extremely active. I treated all my hunting clothes with the Sawyer Premium repellent. My brother who hunted the same property, did not treat his clothes. In the first 3 days my brother picked over 100 ticks off his clothes. Myself on the other hand, did not find a single tick on any of my clothes the entire season. The ticks simply would not attach themselves to my clothes.

One day at lunchtime we were both back at our vehicles and he was picking ticks off his pants. I scraped one off his pantleg and while sitting down, placed it on my thigh to see what would happen. The tick crawled around in a circle for about 20 seconds then promptly flipped on it's back and died.

He was so impressed with the product, he purchased a bottle that evening, treated his clothes, and for the remainder of the season, he found no more ticks on his clothes.
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186 of 201 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2008
Style Name: 24-Ounce
I pretreated all the clothing I took with me to Haiti with this spray and had no problems with bugs the whole time. I would highly recommend this product to anyone going to areas where malaria would be an issue as well as highly bug inhabited places in the US. I wouldn't use this everyday, but for special occasions - it's a must have. Just make sure you wear gloves when applying and apply exactly as instructed.
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137 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Onlisound on June 15, 2010
Style Name: 24-Ounce
My impression is of a first class company and product. We are visiting Costa Rica with two little ones and had questions about whether this product could be safely used for children's clothing. I called the Sawyer company and was astounded that they took the time to not only speak with me, but to pass my question along to their top technical person who returned my call personally. He shared with me a wealth of information and could answer every question I posed (and many that I did not know to ask). The bottom line for using with children is a)as with all things, ask your pediatrician first and b) they told me they recommend using the aerosoul spray that is available as opposed to the pump if you do use on children's clothing as it will stay on outside surface of the clothing better where the pump spray will tend to soak through the material some. Plenty of other reviews go into general information and I won't repeat here. I was impressed with the wealth of research and extensive safety information that they have on the products they produce. What a great company, the likes of which you seldom see these days! I'll buy from them every time. Btw, they mentioned they also have a time released 20% deet repellent which reduces the amount of deet absorbed twenty fold; good to know if you're in a situation where you decide to use deet on children or in my opinion for anyone that uses deet sprays.
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145 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Winter on August 12, 2010
Style Name: 24-Ounce
Buying a shirt or pair of slacks that has the bug repellent added will also add $20 per item to it price. Instead get a bottle of permethrin and dilute it and apply it with a small garden sprayer to saturate the clothes you want to take and then let them air dry. The higher the concentration the more washings before the permethrin is completely removed from your clothes. The Sawyer kit with the solution pre-diluted and the trigger spray is an easy way to go though the solution will only be good for 6 washings at most. This is more than adequate for use when traveling but not for clothing you will be wearing a good deal over a period of many weeks.

I used $10 worth of permethrin to treat all my clothing and my wife's for trips to Asia and Central America. With this approach you can pick the clothing you want to wear and treat it instead of being limited to what is sold by the travel sites. It also means you can treat socks and scarves as well as tops and pants. DEET is tough on clothing so it is better to use the permethrin solution on your clothing and only apply the DEET to your face, neck, hands, and feet.

My wife and I spent 2 weeks in Cambodia in the temple areas where the mosquitoes were thick in the air and during that entire time neither of us had a single mosquito bite. The permethrin also is effective for ticks, midges, chiggers, ants, and flys.

With the resistant malaria strains and Lyme disease and encephalitis concerns it is best to be proactive and permethrin sprayed onto clothing is an excellent first step.
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110 of 122 people found the following review helpful By silverwing on April 24, 2011
Style Name: 24-Ounce Verified Purchase
Background: I got devoured by mosquitoes on a trip to Mexico in 2009, and the assault on my system was enough to land me in hospital 3 times in a single week. (During the first two visits to different hospitals, my condition was misdiagnosed and I was given the wrong treatments; the third hospital figured out that I had developed an allergy to the mosquitoes). It seems that because I was bitten so many times (over 50 bites), my body went into some sort of shock and ultra-defence mode. As a result, I now have a very heightened sensitivity to all bug bites.

With this in mind, I intended to use as many precautions as possible for my recent trip to Hawaii. Here's how I protected myself (I'll discuss Sawyer's Spray in a moment):

Step 1:
Started taking Vitamin B Complex two weeks before departure. I chose one that had huge %RDA of each type of Vitamin B (I think B12 is the most vital), and always took it in the morning because it can cause really awful nightmares if you take it close to bedtime.

Step 2:
I sprayed all my holiday clothes with Sawyer's Permethrin Spray.

Step 3:
Covered all exposed areas with Ben's 30% Deet wipes every day. http://www.amazon.com/Tender-Bens-12-count-Travel-Wipes/dp/B001GAOIME/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1303674359&sr=8-5

Step 4:
Always had my "Zap It!" clicker tied to my handbag. I can't find these listed on Amazon US, but they shouldn't set you back more than $8 apiece, and they each have about 10,000 clicks. This was one of my great investments! I definitely recommend getting one. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zap-It-Mosquito-Bite-Relief/dp/B0012GMT0A/ref=sr_1_2?
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