Insect Shield® Apparel and Gear are the most effective new tools launched in more than 50 years to help battle insects such as mosquitoes and ticks, some of which may carry diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. As with any breakthrough technology, you are going to have questions.So, we’ve got some answers…

What is Insect Shield?
Insect Shield® Apparel and Insect Shield® Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient personal insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Shield apparel and gear is the result of years of research and testing. In July 2003, Insect Shield Apparel was registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2006, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accepted an amendment extending the durability claims of Insect Shield Apparel from 25 washes to 70 washes. The duration of the protection is supported by experimental data. Insect Shield Apparel and Gear products combine the Insect Shield process with a proprietary formulation of permethrin resulting in effective insect protection that lasts the expected lifetime of a garment.

Is Insect Shield EPA-registered?
Insect Shield Apparel is EPA registered. (Reg. No. 74843-2) Insect Shield Gear is EPA registered. (Reg. No. 74843-5)

What does EPA registration mean?
The EPA registration process is designed to evaluate a proposed product to ensure it will not have adverse effects on people or the environment. Insect Shield products have been rigorously evaluated on multiple levels$mdash;the chemistry, the application process and the final consumer product.

Which insects does Insect Shield protect against?
Insect Shield® Apparel has been registered to protect against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums).

How much protection is provided by Insect Shield apparel?
A small item of Insect Shield clothing provides less protection than a larger one. You may need to adjust the amount of Insect Shield apparel you wear, depending on the number of biting insects that are present. For example, you might prefer to wear pants instead of shorts in certain situations; long sleeves instead of short; or add a hat and socks. Topicals can be used for exposed skin, and is especially recommended for heavily infested locations.

Does the product have an odour?
Insect Shield Apparel feels and smells the same as other clothing.

How long will Insect Shield protection last?
The protection of Insect Shield apparel is EPA-registered to last through 70 launderings; the expected lifetime of a garment. This is also well beyond the life of most performance fabric finishes commonly used in the technical-apparel industry. Insect Shield gear protection remains effective through 6 months of constant to weathering, or through 25 launderings for washable items. Insect Shield products also have a long shelf life. Insect Shield-treated garments stored for ten years have shown no loss of effectiveness.

What are the benefits of Insect Shield vs. other forms of insect protection?
Insect Shield Apparel puts insect protection near your skin, instead of on it, and the protection is invisible.  Also, the protection is long lasting, so no re-application is needed.

Is Insect Shield Responsible Insect Protection?
The Insect Shield process is designed to prevent loss of active ingredient outside the system, and once applied, Insect Shield protection is so tightly bound to fabric fibers that garments retain effective protection through 70 launderings.

Why does the Insect Shield label say “dispose of in trash after use?” 
This indicates that Insect Shield products can be simply deposited in the trash and require no special disposal process. Eventually, the protection becomes exhausted through wearing and laundering.

How do you care for Insect Shield products?
For items that can be washed, normal home laundering is recommended. Insect Shield apparel can be bleached, starched, pressed, etc., without effect on the protective quality; however, it should not be dry-cleaned.

Why can't the products be dry-cleaned?
Dry cleaning removes some of the active ingredient;which reduces the insect protective quality of the apparel.

Who recommends permethrin-treated apparel?
The following international agencies recommend insect-protective apparel:

Insect Shield represents a promising new approach to the longstanding problem of protection against both insects and the diseases they can carry. All of the above agencies actively encourage at-risk individuals to use permethrin-treated clothing as a protective measure against insect-borne diseases.

How did permethrin originate, and how is it used?
Permethrin has been successfully used in the United States as an EPA-registered product since 1977, with an excellent safety record.Permethrin is used in lice shampoos for children, flea dips for dogs, and various other products, some of which are regulated by the FDA.

The Insect Shield process uses a proprietary formulation of permethrin in a system, and the resulting protection is so tightly bound to the fabric fibers of each garment that it lasts through 70 launderings.

The process designed by our researchers specifically for creating Insect Shield products and the proprietary formulation that is used are quite different from permethrin-based technologies employed in other industries.

How are permethrin-treated products being utilized to save lives?
Millions of permethrin-treated bed nets are being distributed globally via malaria control programs. Insect Shield-treated uniforms are now being utilized by international relief organizations to help protect them in areas prone to insect-borne diseases. Research is also being done on the impact of future alternative Insect Shield products.