How Does Permethrin Work?

The way permethrin works is by over-exciting an insect’s nervous system. When an insect encounters permethrin, it becomes paralyzed, and in this weakened state, the insect generally disengages, falls off, and frequently dies. 

The permethrin formulation and process designed by our researchers specifically for creating Insect Shield products is quite different from permethrin-based technologies employed in other industries. While the direct application of permethrin can be a beneficial treatment in eliminating lice and scabies, which infest and lodge directly in the skin and hair, it is not the most common or effective use. Instead, permethrin bonded to a stable carrier, such as textiles and clothing, creates a constant, prolonged effectiveness since the permethrin remains integrated with the fabric. It does not require reapplication and is invisible, odorless, and convenient. 

Insect Shield’s revolutionary permethrin technology is applied to socks, pants, shirts, blankets, tents, and more. The more Insect Shield present, the greater the protection. In one scientific study, Insect Shield permethrin treated clothing was shown to have 99% fewer tick attachments and 93% bite reduction versus non-permethrin treated clothing. It retains effectiveness through 70 washings, the expected lifetime of the garment. Or 25 launderings for Insect Shield gear.

The benefit of wearing permethrin treated clothing in conjunction with a topical repellent cannot be overstated. The next time you are outside, put on your Insect Shield clothing and gear, and enjoy peace of mind protection from insects and the diseases they may carry. 

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About Insect Shield® Technology

Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Repellent Apparel was registered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Insect Shield Technology is utilized by 75+ leading lifestyle brands, work wear distributors and International relief organizations across the globe to provide effective protection against insects and the diseases they can carry. Insect Shield is an approved vendor of the US Army and approved for distribution in 46 countries.

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