Permethrin clothing treatment is the product which simplifies insect precautions: if you are visiting anywhere in the world where you need protection from mosquitoes, ticks, or other biting insects apply permethrin to your clothes prior to travel to provide the highest degree of protection. Peremthrin treated clothing is the best-kept secret of adventure travelers.
It is easy to use and safe for everyone, even babies.
You have two choices of how to apply permethrin to your clothing: spray or soak.
Personally I prefer the soak, it’s easy, lasts for 6 washings, covers evenly and costs less. The soak is available from Sawyer and is often called military wash.
Not sure how to use permethrin soak?
Simply follow the 5 steps below and you are good to go:
Select the clothing you wish to make insect repellent. The type of fiber does not matter. I prefer clothing that can be worn several ways and covers the most skin.
Examples include zip-off pants (which now come in attractive styles for women) and lightweight long sleeved shits that can be rolled up as needed. However, any piece of clothing can be made insect repellent.
If you choose garments that cover the most of your skin you will need to apply less DEET or Picardin to your skin as less skin will be exposed.
Roll up the clothes and tie with the string included in the kit. If you have large or thick pieces of clothing, such as jeans, you will need to reduce the number of items so that the rolled clothes will fit in the bag.
Open the bag carefully. I found that the bag included in the Sawyer military wash tends to tear at the zipper seal if you are too ‘enthusiastic’ while opening the bag. Pour in the permethrin and add water as directed by the label.
Leave in a place away from children and pets for at least two hours. This allows the permethrin to bond with the clothing fibers.
After two or more hours remove clothing from plastic bag. Don’t forget to wear the plastic gloves provided to protect your hands when touching the wet clothing. Hang to dry on plastic hangers. Now your clothes are ready to repel insects for up to 6 washings!
It’s really that simple.
As a bonus you can hang your treated clothing around your room. It will provide some insect protection. After all, it’s not doing anything folded up in your suitcase.
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