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Old 02-06-2014, 01:53 PM   #1
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outdoorsy people: teach mike larry about bug repellent clothing

My parents are going on a safari in march and i'd like for them to not catch malaria and die. I just recently learned about the existence of bug repellent clothing.

Is it any better than just spraying bug repellent on your regular clothing?

Are there any companies that are recommended?

Where's a good place to shop for this stuff online? I found only a sparse selection on REI.com

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Old 02-06-2014, 02:01 PM   #2
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avon skin so soft lotion. (srs)
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Old 02-06-2014, 03:39 PM   #3
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You can buy permethrin meant to be applied to clothing at REI. It's kind of a pain to spray all your clothes, though, and it doesn't last as many washings as the professionally applied stuff. It is, however, way cheaper.

steepandcheap.com has been having really good sales on bug repellent clothing lately. Take a look.

Malaria isn't really the main reason people use bug repellent clothing; your parents will want to take Malarone or Doxycycline (I recommend Malarone) no matter what. Anti-malarials are fairly cheap and easy to get access to.

The main reason is for more exotic mosquito-born illnesses that have no prophylactic available (like Dengue Fever) or an expensive one (Japanese Encephalitis). When we went to Cambodia last fall, we sprayed all our clothes first with the permethrin made to impregnate clothing, then followed up with a deet lotion (lasts longer than a spray).

I feel like the two main companies that make bug repellant clothes are Columbia and Orvis.

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Old 02-06-2014, 03:54 PM   #4
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I spend a lot of time in the Boundary Waters in MN during peak mosquito/ black fly season. I always treat every piece of clothing I bring with Permethrin. From socks to hats.
The insect repellant clothes you buy (i.e. Columbia) are treated with Permethrin. SAWYER You can treat your current gear easily.

Also 95% DEET is crucial for exposed skin. DEET
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Make sure they take something like Malarone if there are legit Malaria concerns. Their doctors shouldn't have any issues writing a script for it if they make their travel plans known.
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I looked into these for mountain biking: http://www.buffusa.com/sports/collec...sun-protection

I realize it's only one item and what you're asking about is an entire wardrobe solution.
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I spend a lot of time in the Boundary Waters in MN during peak mosquito/ black fly season. I always treat every piece of clothing I bring with Permethrin. From socks to hats.
The insect repellant clothes you buy (i.e. Columbia) are treated with Permethrin. SAWYER You can treat your current gear easily.

Also 95% DEET is crucial for exposed skin. DEET
Good call. Permethrin spray was what I was thinking of when I wrote Deet. Sawyer was the brand I used as well.

Once the stuff dries, you wouldn't know the clothes have been treated. I think it lasts like 25 washes.
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I spend a lot of time in the Boundary Waters in MN during peak mosquito/ black fly season. I always treat every piece of clothing I bring with Permethrin. From socks to hats.
The insect repellant clothes you buy (i.e. Columbia) are treated with Permethrin. SAWYER You can treat your current gear easily.

Also 95% DEET is crucial for exposed skin. DEET
stay away from DEET. It works, but it causes cancer and it often causes redness on people that use it. If you have DEET, spray it around your campsite, it'll kill everything that crawls.

Most insecticide sprayed on your body only lasts about 30m, until it evaporates.

But it helps to spray your clothes the night prior and let it soak in.
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stay away from DEET. It works, but it causes cancer and it often causes redness on people that use it. If you have DEET, spray it around your campsite, it'll kill everything that crawls.

Most insecticide sprayed on your body only lasts about 30m, until it evaporates.

But it helps to spray your clothes the night prior and let it soak in.
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Skin so soft works great. I spent 9 weeks in Fiji when the had a dengue outbreak and had zero problems using skin so soft.
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LL Bean and Ex Officio both make permethrin treated clothing

http://www.llbean.com/

http://www.exofficio.com/
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why bother? Everything causes cancer, literally everything.
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stay away from DEET. It works, but it causes cancer and it often causes redness on people that use it. If you have DEET, spray it around your campsite, it'll kill everything that crawls.

Most insecticide sprayed on your body only lasts about 30m, until it evaporates.

But it helps to spray your clothes the night prior and let it soak in.
You may be thinking of DDT.

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies DEET as a group D carcinogen -- meaning it's not classifiable as to human carcinogenicity. In simple terms, that means that they can't say it causes cancer, but they can't say it doesn't, either."

You should never spray deet around your campsite. It's extremely bad for anything living in the water.
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stay away from DEET. It works, but it causes cancer and it often causes redness on people that use it. If you have DEET, spray it around your campsite, it'll kill everything that crawls.

Most insecticide sprayed on your body only lasts about 30m, until it evaporates.

But it helps to spray your clothes the night prior and let it soak in.
DEET is toxic for babies, but applied in small doses its minor side effects out way the risk of getting Dengue fever or Malaria.

OP, tell them to wear long sleeve clothing as well.

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The stuff with the green sprayer top is 99% DEET, I'll use that sparingly.
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While DEET is safe, it is pretty caustic. Strong DEET sprays and lotions can melt certain synthetic fabrics, and cause minor skin reactions in people with sensitive skin. When I apply the strong stuff repeatedly, I look and feel like I have a very minor sun burn.

Still, it's cheap, and extremely effective. With the newer stuff, like the 3M Ultrathon pictured in the last post, you can use weaker concentrations of DEET, and have it be just as effective. DEET evaporates over time, and the two ways to solve it are higher concentrations of it (meaning a longer residual), or an extended release system (like the lotion).

I've only seen the extended release in lotions, not sprays. Those lotions are also way more expensive.

Also, be careful if you buy any of this stuff at Home Depot or Lowes. Workers will spray themselves in the morning before heading to a jobsite. Whenever I purchase there, I have to go through 4 or 5 cans/bottles to find a full one.
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I don't know if someone has mentioned it or not, but last year when I was doing landscaping the mosquitoes were horrible and my boss found this pill that you take in the morning and it lasts all day but it actually works. It's not prescription or anything and it most definitely helped me last summer, I don't remember what it's called but I'll try and find out and let you know

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^ordered some of the products in that picture for my trip to india. I'm going to be there 4 months though

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Hell NO.

And my mom sells avon. It's fine for your backyard, but not otherwise.
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