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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The most effective way to KILL ticks, mosquitoes and black flies on contact!

I love hunting in the late Fall and early Winter, because the brush has died down and the bugs are gone. To me it's like heaven! But here we go again. It's heating up and everything has come back to life. But this year we even have a new deadly tick to worry about on top of those carrying Lyme Disease. If we are going to be out in the woods hunting this summer, we had better take being protected seriously. And here's the solution: PERMETHRIN.

When your clothing is treated with Permethrin, and a tick, mosquito or black fly (YES!!) touches your clothing, it doesn't just fly away. It dies. Spray it on your hunting pants, shirts and socks at least 2 hours before you plan to wear them. Be sure to do it in a well ventilated area, outside or in an open garage. And wear protective gloves. This stuff is nasty until dry. Then it's only harmful to pests. Read the warning on the bottle before using. Once dry it's odorless and doesn't discolor clothing. This stuff comes from a flower and kills 55 types of insects, and is even used in hair shampoo to control lice. From everything I've read, once dry it's not harmful to humans. If an insect comes in contact with your clothing, it affects their nervous system, causing muscle spasms, paralysis and death. I love this stuff!!

Be sure to check the percentage of permethrin on the bottle. After doing a quick search I noticed that it ranges from .5% (Sawyer) to 36.8% (Martin's). That's a huge difference! So you might think what you've bought is a lot cheaper, but most of the bottle is nothing but inert ingredients (99.5%). Don't try putting any more than .5% on your clothing, so if you buy the high concentration, you need to cut it. If you don't have a lot of hunting buddies, kids, or don't want a bottle of permethrin hanging around in your garage for the next 20 years, you might be better off just buying the .05%.

Spray this stuff on your clothes, let it dry and it lasts up to 6 weeks or 6 washings. Perethrin is so effective that it's used to control subterranean termites. If you plan to buy the high concentration bottle, here's the math on how to cut it before applying it to clothing:

"0.50% is 0.005 (5/1,000). It is 1/2 of a percent. 0.50% to treat clothes: To mix easily with household implements, there are 2 handy volumes for small batches: 12.5 fl. oz. 1 teaspoon of permethrin & add water to make 12.5 fl oz. 37.5 fl. oz. 1 tablespoon permethrin & add water to make 37.5 fl. oz. 1 gallon: 1.74 oz. permethrin & add water to make 1 gal. Formula for any volume: Amount of fluid needed X (times) strength wanted / (divided) by strength available. Ex: 12.5 fl. oz wanted x 0.005 (0.5%) strength wanted = 0.0625 / 0.368 (36.8%) strength available = 0.17 fl. oz. 29,57 ml = 1 oz. 0.17 x 29.57 = 5 ml. 5 ml = 1 teaspoon. 15 ml = 1 Tbsp. 2 Tbsp. = 1 oz. This is the strength used by Sawyer products as clothing treatment - good for 6 washings. US military treats all new clothing with it. Mosquito nets, dog collars, etc. Considered safe for people in correct concentration. Wear gloves while mixing & treating clothes. Mostly lethal against cold blooded creatures insects, bugs, fish, frogs, etc. Aerosol spray process: Spray on clothes. Dry minimum of 2 hours before wear. My preferred. I use about 1.5 oz. per BDU trouser & 1.5 oz for the long sleeve shirt & boots, socks, backpack, hat & bandanna. I fold trouser legs, & shirt sleeves inside our for 6" & spray that too. We have Dengue fever locally & posted warnings at boat ramps for 'sleeping sickness'. Soak process: Wrap clothes tightly in bundle. Put clothes in plastic bag. Pour in permethrin & let it soak in for 2-4 hours. Dry well. Since this diluted to be 1% is 36.8:1 (36.8 parts water to 1 part permethrin = 1%) & Sawyers' strength is half that, the dilution is doubled to 73.6:1. in other words this 1 quart will make 73.6 quarts 0.5% 'military' clothing treatment. MSDS lists "Inert ingredients, including: Aromatic Hydrocarbons." Major problem reported is "skin irritation." No special shipping requirements by OSHA."


Anonymous said...

Does this stuff have a scent?

Bob Rich said...

Thanks for the question. I really don't know the answer to that. I'll have to do some research. I know from personal experience that it doesn't smell on your clothes. But just because I can smell it doesn't mean that a deer can't smell it. Or a coyote. So we'll have to do some research on that and I'll get back to you.

Bob Rich said...

This should be helpful

2fewdaysafield said...

Here in Ct we need to use this stuff year round. I've come home from deer hunting with my muzzleloader in December and found ticks already feasting.

Bob Rich said...

I know. They seem to drop right out of the trees!