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Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent Trigger Spray
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- Odorless lotion
- As effective as 100% DEET
- Does not harm fabrics and finishes
- Lasts up to 6 weeks or up to 6 washings
- 24 ounce capacity treats up to 4 complete outfits
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As a treatment for clothing, Sawyer Permethrin clothing insect repellent does not harm fabrics and is odorless after dried. Use Permethrin on clothing by itself or with skin-applied repellents to create the ultimate protective, armor-like insect barrier. Permethrin-treatments on clothing are non-toxic to humans and are registered for use by the U.S. EPA.
The active ingredient, Permethrin, is a synthetic molecule similar to those found in natural pyrethrum, which is taken from the chrysanthemum flower. Not only does this product repel insects, but will actually kill ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, mites and more than 55 other kinds of insects.
Sawyer Permethrin insect repellents are for use with clothing, tents, and other gear. During the drying process, it tightly bonds with the fibers of the treated garment. It will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or any of your outdoor gear.
Permethrin is a contact insecticide. It kills ticks or other insects when it comes in contact with them. It uses the same active ingredient used in hair shampoos for head lice. When applied to clothing, the Permethrin binds to the fabric eliminating the risk of over-exposure to the skin. As a clothing, tent, chairs, or sleeping bag application, Permethrin is very effective at keeping ticks from attaching to you and at reducing the mosquito population in your camping area. While ticks usually find you at the ankle level (be sure to treat the socks and pants) they can also climb bushes and find you at a higher level so be sure to treat your shirt as well if you are around bushes and concerned about ticks.
Permethrin is also an effective repellent against mosquitoes and flies and can be used in conjunction with a skin based repellent. Permethrin can be used as the primary repellent if the exposed skin area (gaps in the treated clothing) is not too large. By storing the treated clothing in black plastic bags between uses the protection can be extended considerably.
Sweating and exposure to water do not significantly deteriorate the application. It is primarily the agitation of a washing machine, which deteriorates the Permethrin application as it knocks the molecules loose from the fabric. For best results, Sawyer recommends hand washing and air-drying. When using a conventional washer and dryer, use the gentle wash and dry cycles. Loss due to the dryer is limited compared to the detergent and washer agitation. Dry cleaning removes the Permethrin from the fabric.
Permethrin can last up to six weeks including through six weekly washings. All treatments are non-staining and not greasy. Always follow the directions for use on the package label.
When treating clothing, Sawyer recommends 3 ounces of formula per garment. It does not matter whether the garment is a size small or extra large; you are seeking the molecules in 3 ounces of the formula to protect you.
If you are treating your socks, they count in the overall application as well and the formula used is part of the 6 ounces needed to treat an outfit.
Applying less than 3 ounces per garment will lead to unsatisfactory results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I use Permethrin safely?Permethrin is to be applied to clothing and material. It works by bonding to the fibers. When a tick or other insect comes into contact with the Permethrin it absorbs a dose that will either repel or kill the insect. You apply Permethrin until the fabric is damp and then allow it to dry. Permethrin is easy to use and the resulting layer of protection is very important to your safety from insect-borne diseases.
Is Permethrin dangerous to my skin?The warning labels on the cans or bottles are often misunderstood. Your skin metabolizes, or breaks down Permethrin within fifteen minutes of contact with skin. Therefore, it is of no value to you as a personal protection insect repellent when applied to the skin. In addition, the EPA precautionary statement, "Do Not Apply to Skin" indicates that Permethrin is ineffective when applied to skin; therefore, do not apply to skin.
Can I use Permethrin on my cat or dog?Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Treatments are registered with the US EPA for use on outer clothing and personal gear items, such as sleeping bags, tents and netting. There are other Permethrin formulations registered for use on cats and dogs. Be sure to read the product label to ensure the product can be used on pets. Do not expose cats to wet Permethrin as it affects their central nervous system. This is not true with dogs, horses, or cows. Cats can be around Permethrin treated fabrics once the application has dried.
How long does Permethrin last?At the concentration level delivered in the aerosol, non-aerosol pump sprays and soak systems (all at 0.5 percent Permethrin), an application lasts for six weeks and through six washings. Permethrin breaks down through exposure to air (oxygen) and sunlight (ultraviolet light). If you store the clothes in black plastic bags between uses, you can extend the time of effectiveness; however, always retreat after the sixth laundering. Permethrin may also be used on sleeping bags, tents and nettings.
Does Permethrin work against mosquitoes?
Yes. Permethrin clothing treatments, when applied following Directions for Use, have been determined to have "spatial repellency" against mosquitoes. This means that mosquitoes will swarm around you, but not light on your treated clothing and bite.
Also use an EPA registered repellent, such as the Sawyer microencapsulated Controlled Release 20 percent DEET, on all exposed skin for further protection from biting and blood sucking mosquitoes. The combination of Permethrin on clothing and DEET repellent on skin forms an "Insect Repellent System." When used as directed on the EPA registered labels, the Insect Repellent System will provide the best protection from biting, blood sucking and disease carrying insects. A well known study conducted by Tom Lillie, Carl Schreck and A. J. Rahe in Alaska in 1987, showed 99.9 percent effectiveness against mosquitoes biting at a rate of more than 1,100/hr. This protection is far greater than either a DEET-based insect repellent or Permethrin can achieve alone.
Will Permethrin ruin my clothes or equipment?
No. Permethrin will not damage clothes or equipment. 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.
If in doubt, try a sample on an obscure surface area, especially on delicates and check it after 24 hours of exposure. Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent is odorless, non-greasy and non-staining after it dries. Permethrin can be harmful to aquatic creatures such as fish, so do not spray Permethrin around fish aquariums.
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So one sunday I'm out and I manage to pick up 6 or 7 ticks in a short walk. They are crawling around on my left pant leg. So I decided to watch them for a few minutes to see how this stuff actually worked. Much to my surprise they seemed unbothered by it. Not a single one fell off. I waited a couple minutes before flicking them off myself. So that was kind of a disappointment to see.
But I've never had to pull a tick off of me after hunting... So perhaps its working at some level. But its not like the you tube video where they fall off within seconds.... not even close. they still have ample time to attach if they find bare skin.
I've also seen mosquitos land on my camo during a hunt and they don;t seem bothered by it either... Sometimes they sit for 20/30 seconds before flying away... they certainly don't "fall off and die" I do use scent control sprays - not sure if that reduces the effectiveness. But I didn't spray scent control on that day scouting and the ticks still had no problem with it - so who knows.
Lastly this product isn't as "odor free" as they say. After treating the clothing does have a chemical smell. But it goes away after the first wash... But be advised - if your a hunter - you should expect to have to wash your camo in scent free / no UV brightener detergent before heading out.
Good luck out there!
This bottle says it's enough to treat 8 items and treat each item with 3oz regardless of size, surface area, or absorption. I think that's a pretty broad number, and I you can vary how heavy you lay it on. My hiking shirt and shorts are rather small and thin and I ended up using less then 1/6th(4oz) the bottle for both. It remained effective for about 3 weeks hiking with a lot of sweat and a few washes. This product dries clear and is odorless afterwards, although you'll want to apply it in a garage or with good ventilation. It also adds very little weight to clothing afterwards, my shirt was 73g before applying and 80g after it dried.
outside and then just spray so all areas are covered, especially areas where bugs can crawl inside like shirt/pant cuffs.
No insect bites (Used 3M Ultrathon repellant on exposed skin).
I wore the untreated shirt (intended for air travel only) one day by mistake and got 4 large insect bites, but none on exposed skin. 3-24oz cannisters per 2 persons is plenty, 2 cannisters may be enough, make sure to do it outside and well away from cats, and hold the spray nozzle close to the fabric.
Tent camping in a wooded state park near the water.
I treated my clothing, hubby did not.
Didnt repel against gnats. There was one time i looked down at my pants and a few were just sitting on the pant near the ankle, just chilling.
Not enough mosquitos to fairly rate, though the last day when i wore untreated clothes, my side did get swatted at by hubby as he said there was a mosquito.
Did not get any of the ticks my hubby got.
Overall pleased, i bought a repellent lotion but forgot to bring it, so this review is based on no other repellents used in combination.
Gnats bothered my face, but couldve probably been prevented by a skin repellent, as this is only for other than skin.
I read reviews and finally settled on this stuff. I liberally applied permethrin to all my hunting clothes, and I found ZERO ticks after my latest hunt. I was in the same environment, on the same property, and behaving about the same (sitting up against trees, etc.). Buy this stuff now and stop scratching!
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