Insect Shield Timeline:
1996: Insect Shield researchers began development of the patent-pending process of bonding a proprietary repellent to consumer apparel.
2001: Insect Shield, LLC, was founded to complete the development, manufacture and distribution of Insect Shield Insect Repellent Apparel.
2002: All West Point Military Academy cadet uniforms were processed by Insect Shield. Cases of Lyme disease had increased year after year at the Academy, but after Insect Shield-treated uniforms were introduced, Lyme disease cases dropped to zero. The Academy has continued to contract for Insect Shield treatment of uniforms.
2003: After seven years of comprehensive testing, researchers perfected the formulation, procedures and specialized equipment necessary to produce Insect Shield Insect Repellent Apparel; and after submitting an extensive data package to meet the rigorous standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA registration was granted.
2004: Insect Shield teamed up with selected apparel manufacturers and distributors to produce innovative insect-repellent apparel for the consumer market.
2005: Insect Shield Insect Repellent Gear was registered by the EPA, including products for pets, horses, camping and other outdoor activities.
2006: Significant milestones—4 million apparel and gear products processed—and the EPA grants apparel registration “effective through 70 washings.”
2007: Manufacturing division is formed to expand the reach of Insect Shield technology through private-label manufacturing and enhanced marketing.
2008: Introduction of enhanced repellent-longevity “70 washings” technology.
2009: Insect Shield opens treatment facility in Zhucheng, China and opens sales and marketing office in Tokyo, Japan.
2010: Insect Shield launches Program for Workplace Safety and Health developed for companies in the oil/gas and mining/forestry operations to help protect workers from insects that can carry dangerous insect-borne diseases.
2011: Insect Shield expands into pet product industry.
2012: Insect Shield opens sales and marketing office in Taipei, Taiwan and Shanghai, China.
2013: Insect Shield launches repellent outdoor and protection blankets and opens sales and marketing office in Seoul, Korea.
In July 2003, Insect Shield, introduced the first EPA-registered insect-repellent apparel. Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel technology provides effective, invisible and odorless protection against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) through 70 launderings. Insect Shield apparel categories include outdoor, golf, hunting, fishing, and equestrian. Insect Shield® Repellent Gear technology is proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas through six months of constant exposure to weathering (sun/rain). Insect Shield gear product categories include camping, patio, beach, pet, and equestrian. Insect Shield technology has the potential to be an important tool in the battle against insect-borne diseases. In partnership with a number of agencies and international relief organizations, Insect Shield technology is being used for apparel and other items that people use daily to aid in protection against insects.
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. Insect Shield Repellent Apparel is also offered under the brand names of ShudderBug™ and Bug Shield™.