Repels and Kills Mosquitoes and Ticks

Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing Gear and Tents

For use on clothing, tents, sleeping bags, and other outdoor gear, Sawyer Permethrin is more than just an insect repellent — it actually kills ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects. Permethrin is also effective against the Yellow Fever Mosquito, which can transmit the Zika Virus.

Providing a fantastic odorless barrier of protection, a single application of Permethrin lasts for 6 weeks or 6 washings. Using it on outdoor gear also helps reduce the mosquito population in your camp and prevents ticks from attaching to you.

Maximize protection from mosquitoes and ticks by combining Permethrin with Sawyer Picaridin, an effective and comfortable topical repellent. Learn more about this highly rated combination.

Permethrin Insect Repellent Treatment for Clothing Gear and Tents

How It Works

Lasts for 6 Weeks or 6 Washes

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. 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.

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.

Product Features

Clothing Safe, Odorless

Permethrin-treated clothing and fabric should be your first line of defense against insects. It’s specially formulated not to stain or damage your clothing, other fabrics, gear, and equipment — including plastics or finished surfaces. It’s odorless after drying, and one application to your clothing can last up to 6 washings.

Great for Gear

In addition to clothing and accessories like hats and waders, Sawyer Permethrin 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. Treatment of non-washable items will be effective for up to 42 days of exposure to sun and air.

Safe for use on Dogs

Sawyer Permethrin Insect Repellent can be applied to dogs and help control mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas for 35 days.  Official application instructions for use on dogs can be found here: sawyer.com/dogs/ 

 

Available at:

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  • Amazon
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Cabela’s
  • Dick’s
  • Field and Stream
  • REI Co-Op
  • Target
  • Walmart

The Details

Available Options

  • 12 oz

    SP649

  • 24 oz

    SP657

  • 6 oz

    SP646n

  • 9 oz

    SP602

Kit Includes

Features:

  • This insect-killing repellent for your clothing is effective against ticks, chiggers, mites and mosquitoes for up to six weeks.
  • This nonaerosol pump bottle contains enough spray to coat full outfits
  • Although we consider a full outfit to be one shirt, trousers and socks; we recommend you still pack underwear.
  • One treatment will last up to six washings or six weeks before clothing has to be treated again
  • If you treat your tent, you can expect full potency for up to 40 days of direct sunlight. This is a great way to give your entire campsite a barrier of protection
  • Use it while hunting for an odorless way to protect yourself from common bugs
  • Effective against ticks that carry Lyme disease and other fairly common diseases like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Repellent should be applied outdoors and before clothing is worn; after it’s treated, hang clothing and let dry two hours (four hours in humid conditions)
  • Avoid contact with skin and eyes during application phase
  • Active Ingredient: Permethrin (0.5%)

 

Specifications

Best Uses:Multisport, hunting, fishing, international travel
Active Ingredient:Permethrin

Available Sizes:

[SP657] – 24 oz. trigger spray
[SP649] – 12 oz. pump spray
[SP602] – 9 oz. aerosol spray
[SP646n] – 6 oz. spray

Identification

Product #:SP657, SP649, SP602, SP646n
UPC: 0-50716-00602-5, 0-50716-00646-9, 0-50716-00649-0, 0-50716-00657-5

    FAQs

    • Q: ViewWhat is Permethrin?

      Permethrin is a synthetic version of the Chrysanthemum flower’s natural insect repellent pyrethrin.  The naturally occurring version breaks down rather quickly in sunlight but Sawyer’s pharmaceutical grade, synthetic Permethrin can last 6 weeks or 6 washings on clothing and other fabrics, making it a fantastic odorless barrier of protection from mosquitoes and ticks.

    • Q: ViewWill 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.

    • Q: ViewIs 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.

    • Q: ViewHow harmful are Permethrin fumes while treating clothing?

      It is recommended that treating clothing with the permethrin aerosol be performed outdoors. 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.

    • Q: ViewHow much Permethrin comes off the clothing when laundered?

      A strong bond is formed between permethrin and most fabrics. In fact, some insect repellency was observed in military uniforms following 50 launderings. However, the uniforms were treated using an absorption method instead of the aerosol can. In studies performed by the U.S. Army, about 20 to 30 percent of the permethrin treatment was removed after the first laundering. Thereafter, about 3 to 5 percent was lost to each cycle through ten launderings.

    • Q: ViewCan Permethrin cause skin irritation or sensitization from repeated use?

      Studies in animals have demonstrated that no skin irritation or sensitization is expected following direct application. In a controlled human study, permethrin did not cause significant skin irritation or sensitization when tested in 200 subjects. No significant skin effects are expected from wearing permethrin-treated clothing.

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