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  • Writer's pictureCourtney LeVesque

Gear Safe Tick Prevention

As we make our way through October many of us are well into our hunting and outdoor rec season, which means it might be time to (re)treat your gear for ticks!

Reapply Sawyer’s Permethrin spray every 6 weeks or 6 washes and keep yourself and your family safe from disease carrying insects!

Not only is Permethrin safe to use on your outdoor gear, but it’s scent free after drying so you don’t have to worry about it interfering with your next big hunt!

Here’s a look at how to use Permethrin Spray to prevent ticks, mosquitoes and other insects.

1. Choose the right clothing: Select the items you plan to wear outdoors, such as pants, socks, shoes, hat, long-sleeved shirt, etc.

2. Don’t forget your gear: Permethrin spray is safe for all your gear so be sure to treat your backpacks, gaiters, sleeping bags, tents, etc.

3. Prepare the area: Find a well-ventilated outdoor space to apply the spray. Avoid windy conditions to prevent the spray from drifting away. (Permethrin is ineffective when applied to the skin, so avoid skin and eye contact).

4. Hang the clothes or gear: Hang or place the items you plan to treat in an open area, such as a clothesline or hanger. This will make the application process easier and ensure even coverage.

5. Shake it up: Shake the Sawyer Permethrin spray thoroughly to mix the contents.

6. Apply the spray: Hold the spray about 6 to 8 inches away from the fabric and spray an even coating, covering the entire surface of the gear. Apply enough to see a color change in the fabric which is 4.5 ounces per outfit (shirt, pants, socks)

Tip: Every bottle of Permethrin will indicate how many outfits it will treat.

7. Allow drying time: Let any treated clothes or gear dry completely before wearing them or packing away.

8. Reapply as necessary: Remember, the protection provided by Sawyer’s Permethrin spray lasts for six weeks or six washes.

While Sawyer Permethrin spray is highly effective in repelling ticks, and other insects, it can be beneficial to take additional precautions when spending time in tick-prone areas. Conduct regular tick checks, use insect repellent on exposed skin, and follow other recommended practices to minimize the risk of tick bites.

Here are some other inexpensive and highly effective ways to prevent unwanted interactions with ticks, mosquitoes, and other insects: 8 Tips For Preventing Tick Bites

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