Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent
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- Effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus
- Insect-killing repellent for your clothing is effective against ticks, chiggers, mites and mosquitoes; as effective as 100 percent DEET
- Lasts up to 6 weeks (or 6 washings); will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or outdoor gear
- Odorless after drying; ideal for use while hunting
- 24-ounce capacity treats up to 4 complete outfits; non-aerosol pump bottle; color of bottle may vary
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Permethrin-treated clothing and outdoor gear is your first line of defense against insects.
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.
Use Permethrin on clothing by itself or with skin-applied repellents to create the ultimate protective, armor-like insect barrier. The synthetic version of pyrethrum (a natural insecticide derived from the chrysanthemum flower), Permethrin is non-toxic 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.
- Effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus.
- Single application lasts up to 42 days of sun exposure, or 6 washings.
- 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 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 (won't 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.
Permethrin Tips and Tricks
- For optimal protection, apply a topical repellent to exposed skin.
- Hand wash and air dry 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 application.
- For luggage, spray inside your bags when you travel to avoid transporting insects back home.
- Permethrin safely bonds with dog's hair to provide protection from ticks and insects for up to 2 weeks.
- Do not expose cats to wet Permethrin (can affect central nervous system; dried Permethrin-treated fabric has no effect).
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.
Full Range of Insect Repellents
Sawyer insect repellents offer superior protection from disease-carrying insects, including the yellow fever mosquito that carries the Zika Virus. Check out Sawyer's range of insect repellents — from topical lotions and sprays to apply to your skin to Permethrin spray for applying to clothing and outdoor gear.
Ultra30 Liposome / DEET
Premium Controlled Release
|Usage||Topical (Skin)||Topical (Skin & Clothing)||Topical (Skin)||Topical (Skin)||Clothing, Tents, and Gear|
|Active Ingredient||20% Picaridin||98% DEET||30% DEET||20% DEET||0.5% Permethrin|
|Application Formats||Spray Pump, Spray & Lotion||Spray Pump & Spray||Lotion||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 11 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|
|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||✔|
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For use on clothing, tents, and other gear, Sawyer Premium Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent not only repels insects, it actually kill ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects on contact. It is also effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus.
Permethrin is odorless after drying and will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or any of your outdoor gear. Use it while hunting for an odorless way to protect yourself from common bugs. The active ingredient Permethrin is a synthetic molecule similar to pyrethrum which is taken from the Chrysanthemum flower.
Sawyer Premium Permethrin comes in two trigger spray sizes -- a 12-ounce bottle (for treating up to 2 complete outfits) and a 24-ounce bottle (for treating up to 4 complete outfits). Sawyer Premium Permethrin is also available in a 9-ounce aerosol spray. A single application lasts up to six washings or up to 40 days of sun exposure. Repellent should be applied outdoors and before clothing is worn; after it’s treated, hang clothing and let dry 2 hours (4 hours in humid conditions). Color of bottle may vary.
Since 1984, Sawyer Products has offered 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.
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Company has not responded to my two inquiries, after 5 days. Questions such as-- does any toxicity remain during secondary washings (e.g., can I wash without gloves after spraying?), product experience with compression socks, which are made out of stretchable nylons. The reason I'm buying this is because compression socks are stretched by DEET. Company appears not to CARE..
My first impression-- light amount of spraying doesn't seem to protect against mosquitoes well. Two holes were found in my compression socks-- is it coincidence, or due to Sawyer? Drop down to 2 stars.
With the higher incidence of mosquito-borne and tick-borne illnesses lately, I am getting more worried about the fact that I am so often targeted. So I decided to take action.
I began treating a few sets of workout clothes, several pairs of socks and shoes, my outdoor chair, and a set of hiking clothes with permethrin so I would have more protection from mosquitoes and ticks. A 24-ounce bottle of Sawyer Premium Permethrin treats a few sets of clothes, and each treatment lasts approximately 4-6 weeks OR 6 washings. I am currently on my second bottle of Sawyer Premium Permethrin, having just emptied my first bottle.
Permethrin works differently than DEET. Permethrin is odorless once it is dry (though it STINKS when wet!), and is not really a repellent. Instead, it is an inhibitor-- it actually kills any bugs that stay in contact with the treated clothing/gear.
So does it work? YES!
I do still have to treat exposed skin with DEET, but no longer do I wind up with mosquito bites through my running pants. No longer do I have mosquito bites through my socks. No longer do I find ticks crawling on me after simply walking my dog down the sidewalk.
A few basics about use of this product:
~~ It lasts well over a month OR for about 6 washings (though Sawyer recommends hand-washing garments).
~~ It will last on items put in storage, but exposure to light does break it down a bit, so Sawyer recommends storage in dark plastic if you must store the treated items and expect any chemical to remain.
~~ It works best when you treat ALL your clothing and gear, not just one item. You also do have to completely permeate the fabric, so it takes quite a bit of permethrin to treat gear and clothes. Again, a 24-ounce bottle should treat a few sets of clothes-- approximately 8 items total.
~~ It **cannot** be used on skin, but works quite well on gear and clothing when it is used correctly.