How to Prevent Ticks While Hunting

For many hunters, the wilderness is a second home—a place of quiet, patience, and the thrill of the chase. Yet, this environment is also home to ticks, carriers of diseases that can spoil not just your hunt but your health. The key to ensuring your time hunting remains both safe and enjoyable lies in one critical preparation: using permethrin-treated clothing.

Understanding Permethrin

Permethrin is a synthetic version of a natural insect repellent found in chrysanthemum flowers. It's specifically formulated to repel ticks, providing a highly effective layer of protection. When applied to clothing, it creates an invisible, odorless barrier that doesn't spook game but does keep ticks at bay.

Why Permethrin-Treated Clothing is a Hunter's Best Defense

  1. Odorless Protection: The biggest advantage for hunters is that once permethrin-treated clothing dries, it becomes odorless. This is crucial for hunters, as it ensures that their scent is not altered, allowing them to blend seamlessly into their hunting environment.

  2. Long-Lasting: Insect Shield's permethrin treatment on clothing can remain protective through multiple washes, ensuring long-term tick defense without the need for frequent reapplication.

  3. Versatile and Convenient: Almost any clothing item can be treated with permethrin, from hats and gloves to shirts, pants, and socks. For those who prefer ready-made solutions, a wide range of pre-treated clothing is available, designed specifically for outdoor activities like hunting.

How to Implement Permethrin-Treated Clothing into Your Hunting Routine

  • Spray Your Gear with Permethrin Spray: Apply a permethrin spray directly to your hunting gear and clothing to create a tick-repellent barrier that's odorless once dried. It's easy to use on backpacks, tents, shoes and boots, and more. 

  • Wear Insect Shield Pre-Treated Clothing: Opt for the convenience of Insect Shield's pre-treated apparel, offering long-lasting, odorless protection against ticks for the expected lifetime of the garment.

  • Send in Your Gear for Treatment: For those with preferred hunting attire that isn’t pre-treated, sending your gear in for Insect Shield's professional treatment is a great option. Choose to fill a pre-paid Easy Pack or treat by the piece and get your hunting clothes treated with long-lasting permethrin tick repellent. 


The use of permethrin-treated clothing is a game-changer for hunters looking to protect themselves from ticks without compromising their hunt. It's a simple yet effective strategy that helps prevent tick bites. By integrating permethrin-treated gear into your hunting practices, you're taking a crucial step toward enjoying the wilderness with confidence and peace of mind.

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