Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent for Clothing, Gear & Tents
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|Ingredients||Permethrin: 0.5%; Mineral Spirits: <10+%; Propane: <40%|
|Item Volume||18 Fluid Ounces|
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- Add a layer of protection to your clothing and gear with Permethrin insect and tick repellent spray — perfect for use on shirts, jackets, pants, socks, shoes, boots, sleeping bags, tents, netting, when outdoors, camping, hunting, or on travel
- Ideal for backpacking, backyard BBQs, and other outdoor activities, it's effective against more than 55 kinds of insects — from disease-spreading ticks (Lyme disease) and mosquitoes (West Nile and Zika viruses) to chiggers, spiders, mites, and more
- Permethrin spray bonds to fabric fibers for up to 6 weeks or through 6 washings (whichever comes first) and won't stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or outdoor gear; odorless after drying
- Reduce likelihood of a tick bite by 73.6 times by treating shoes and socks with Permethrin (University of Rhode Island study - 2017)
- 18-ounce convenient aerosol spray bottle treats four complete outfits (updated EPA dosage is 4.5 ounces per outfit consisting of shirt, pants, and socks); maximize protection by pairing with Sawyer Picaridin topical repellent for the skin
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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 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.
Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing, Gear, and Tents
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 kills 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.
- Effective against more than 55 kinds of insects — from disease-spreading ticks (Lyme disease) and mosquitoes (West Nile and Zika viruses) to chiggers, spiders, mites, and more
- Single application lasts up to 6 weeks or through 6 washings (whichever comes first) of sun exposure
- 24-ounce trigger spray bottle treats up to 5 complete outfits (12-ounce trigger spray treats up to 2 outfits).
- 18-ounce aerosol spray treats up to 4 complete outfits (9-ounce aerosol treats 2 outfit).
- A complete outfit consists of a shirt, pants, and pair of socks; updated EPA dosage is 4.5 ounces of Permethrin per outfit to be effective
- Synthetic version of pyrethrum (naturally derived from chrysanthemum flower), repellent has been treating uniforms for the U.S. and Canadian militaries for almost 30 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does Permethrin Work?
Permethrin is applied to clothing and outdoor gear material, bonding to the fabric fibers for up to 6 weeks or through 6 washings (whichever comes first). 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 Ultra 30 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.
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.
Permethrin Tips & Tricks
- For optimal protection, apply a topical repellent to exposed skin.
- Hand wash and air dry to preserve application. 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.
- Do not expose cats to wet Permethrin (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.
Can I Use Permethrin on My Dog?
Yes, Sawyer Permethrin can be applied to dogs. It safely bonds with dog's hair and penetrates the skin to help control mosquitoes, fleas, ticks (including ticks that can carry Lyme disease, Powassan, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever), and lice for up to 35 days. To apply, start spraying at the tail, moving the dispenser rapidly to cover entire body (including the legs and underbody).
While spraying, fluff hair so that the spray will penetrate to the skin. Make sure spray wets thoroughly, but do not saturate. Do not spray into eyes and face. Avoid contact with genitalia. Wear rubber gloves or mitts when applying. Do not use on puppies under twelve weeks. Consult a veterinarian before using this product on debilitated, medicated, aged, pregnant or nursing animals.
|Picaridin||MAXI DEET||Ultra 30 Liposome / DEET||Premium Family Controlled Release||Permethrin|
|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, Continuous Spray & Lotion||Pump Spray & Continuous Spray||Lotion||Lotion||Trigger Spray & Aerosol Spray|
|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|
|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, sleeping bags, and other outdoor gear, Sawyer Permethrin repels or kills disease-spreading ticks (Lyme disease), mosquitoes (West Nile and Zika viruses) and more than 55 other kinds of insects. Perfect for camping, backpacking, hunting, travel, backyard BBQs, picnics, and more, Permethrin insect and tick repellent adds an odorless layer of protection to shirts, jackets, pants, socks, shoes, sleeping bags, tents, netting, and other outdoor, camping, hunting, and travel gear. A University of Rhode Island study (2017) found that people wearing permethrin-treated shoes and socks were 73.6 times less likely to have a tick bite than those wearing untreated footwear. Using it on outdoor gear also helps reduce the mosquito population in your camp and prevents ticks from attaching to you. Permethrin spray bonds to fabric fibers for up to 6 weeks (42 days) of exposure to sun and air or 6 washings. Specially formulated not to stain or damage your clothing, other fabrics, gear, and equipment, it's odorless after drying and is as effective as 100% DEET. To apply, spray Permethrin directly onto clothing and gear 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. The EPA recommends using 4.5 ounces of Permethrin to spray each outfit (consisting of shirt, pants, and socks). Maximize protection by pairing with Sawyer Picaridin topical repellent for the skin. Since 1984, Sawyer has used technological advancements to create products that keep you outdoors — from the backcountry to the backyard — including insect repellents for both skin and clothing, water filters for camping and emergencies, and sun protection.
Permethrin: 0.5%; Mineral Spirits: <10+%; Propane: <40%
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Previously I had the repel brand permethrin in the aerosol can and I barely ever found a tick on me. Buy the repel brand permethrin, ticks run from you if you treat your clothing with that stuff.
In South Africa I slept in a closed cabin and nobody else used a mosquito net, so I didn't use it. After meeting several locals who said that they had malaria at some point, I set up the mosquito net around my bed. I started to notice that I felt very sick, dizzy, and nauseous during the mornings when I woke up and at night when I went to bed. I felt so sick that I truly thought I may had been pregnant. Eventually I figured that the net was making me ill as I felt terrible when I was in bed. I also then remembered how it made my fingers go numb for days during the initial spraying. I left the net behind and felt so sick that I quit the rest of my trip moving onto Zanzibar and just booked a flight back to NYC. Took me about a week to feel normal again.. I'm so scared to use any chemical insect repellent anymore.
I have studiously avoided summertime nature for 50 years but this year I had no choice as I chose to join a hunting club and took seriously my responsibility to maintain the dang place.
I can report to you now that after wearing my really hot set of coveralls during MANY excursions to our tick, chigger, and noseeum infested woodlands...often in food plots grown up over my head I have yet to sustain even one bite.
If you are super serious you might consider my solution. Full overalls tucked into boots and doused liberally with the Sawyer's concoction.
Now...I wet them down thoroughly at the beginning of the season and have worn them unwashed for this amount of time. I found that one bottle is enough to cover 100% with a little left over.
I was finally forced to wash my spacesuit and used what I had left to go over the legs, arms, and neck area. Had I to do it again I think I'd concentrate on these areas most prolly leaving a half bottle to go over it again. I'm cheap like that.
I just ordered my second bottle which will get me through the leadup to fall and have enough for next spring to boot.
I AM the test case my fellow chigger afflicted. If it works for me, the darling of the tick clique it will work for you! And not even one spray of noxious chems on your precious epidermis! Get it! You'll be a thankin' me.
1- I treated my outfit and my wife's by completly soaking our clothes in this stuff and letting it dry. I gave it a full day to dry.
2- I sprayed my whole body in Picardin (not permethrin which is this stuff) Picardin is similair to deet.
3- I sprayed my hat, ankles, and wrists with 100 percent deet.
Using this method I didnt have any ticks zero mosquito bites and black flies stayed away. My friends were only using deet and were having ticks crawl all over them. I believe using permethrin treated clothes in combination with deet and picaridin for the skin is the best method to keep bugs away.
Hope this helps!