is a synthetic of a natural insecticide in flowers. Its applications
include a clothing treatment to repel and kill ticks, mosquitoes
If you're not
using a permethrin clothing treatment as part of your insect and
tick protection system, you're missing out on the most effective
product available anywhere. It's been in use with a perfect safety
record since the 1970's and for many different uses. Some of these
uses include: . A treatment
for head and body lice on humans. Agriculture where it protects our food resouces from insect attack.
. Household insect spray where it is listed as controlling 54 different
species. . Flea, tick and mosquitoe spray for dogs and other animals.
. Tick, mosquitoe and other arthropod clothing treatment for people.
MUST I PUT THE PERMETHRIN ON MY CLOTHING?
Permethrin was developed specifically for use on clothing; clothing
was not an afterthought. The use of clothing as the "delivery
system" for repellent is the perfect choice. The fact that
the permethrin is put on clothing has more to do with excellent
performance than with any toxicity. It does have to do with the
fact that our skin deactivates permethrin so quickly that any protection
offered is quickly lost.
PERMETHRIN BE PUT ON SKIN? Permethrin is frequently put on skin with many OTC Over-The-Counter
products (which contain even greater concentrations than these clothing
treatments) for the purpose of killing and controlling head lice.
Permethrin is not put on skin for repellent purposes, it's put on
a repellent is a clothing treatment and a synthetic version of the
natural pyrethrum insecticide that protects flowers (such as the
Chrysanthemum) from insect attack. The natural insecticide is very
susceptible to breakdown when exposed to ultra-violet light and
does not serve as a usable repellent because of this fast breakdown.
Most credit for this product goes to the Department of Agriculture
and other research institutions where some extraodinary people did
some excellent work. Additional research added filtering and longevity
agents to protect the Permethrin from ultra-violet light breakdown.
It repels and
kills insects and ticks exposed to it. In tests ticks that crossed
only 10 inches of treated fabric fell from the cloth as if repelled.
Most ticks died from this limited exposure. And mosquitoes who land
on it don't fly far. The water based Permethrin repellents can be
applied to any colorfast material without damage.
virtually non-toxic to humans and no systemic effects have been
reported. In EPA and FDA tests it was extremly rare to even have
skin reddening, or other irritation. Permethrin is applied to clothing
where it dries and bonds. Properly treated garments provide protection
for a full two weeks plus and through two detergent washings. This
non-staining, odorless chemical has exceptional resistance to degradation
by sun light, heat and water. Permethrin as a repellent should not
be applied to skin . . . it will not bond to skin (stick). When
placed on skin permethrin is quickly deactivated by skin's esterase
action into inactive components. It is only effective when used
as a clothing treatment.
Tests on mosquitoes
conducted by the Army and Air Force showed that when lightweight
battle dress uniforms were treated until moist (approximately 4
1/2 ounces) Permethrin alone (0.5% solution) gave 97.7% protection
from mosquitoe bites and 99.9% protection when used in combination
with a deet based repellent applied to skin (20% to 35% solution).
Mosquito repellent and killing action of Permethrin treated uniforms
was not diminished by five detergent washings. Mosquitoes were also
repelled from the general test location because of what is called
the side stream effect caused by multiple personnnel wearing permethrin
treated uniforms. It is humorous to some degree that the researcher
noted, "This required that the test sight be moved on several
occasions to locate more mosquitoes!"
Tests with permethrin
on ticks conducted in Massachusetts concluded that 100% protection
was provided against the Deer tick (Ixodes Scapularis) which is
the primary vector of Lyme disease on the East Coast and Mid-West.
The same results occurred when testing the Western Black Legged
tick, Lone Star tick, American Dog tick and Brown Dog tick. Similar
results have been found with other tick species throughout the United
States. It was found that ticks which traveled as little as 10 inches
on treated fabric were repelled. And in that limited time nearly
all received a sufficent exposure to permethrin to be killed.
still show permethrin products having a 3 day, 7 day or other protection
limit. Both Duranon and Permanone have a two weeks plus protection
limit. Publications quoting these lower levels of protection are
using outdated information!
that use citronella, hand lotion and other "essential oils"
are not recommended because, based on tests that we've reviewed,
they (DON'T WORK WELL) have very little repellent effect. Why don't
they work very well after all they are registered? We're told that
because they are classified as "natural" the EPA does
not hold they them to a standard. We've seen official documents
stating that the duration of protection from Skin-So-Soft was so
brief that protection only lasted from the time the it was applied
to the subjects test arm until the arm was presented to the mosquitoes
in a test box, about 6 minutes.
There are ads
that show two children, one with a product using deet and the other
using Skin-So-Soft. While one child continues to play without interuption
the other who uses the Skin-So-Soft is constantly interupted by
mosquitoe attack. These ads comparing Skidadle Repellent (deet based)
to Skin So Soft are real, so are the stories published in national
consumers magazines and TV shows such as CNBC's Steals & Deals.
work and some don't. Some manufacturers care about the health of
their customers and some only run for the almighty dollar and don't
care. IF A DISEASE LIKE "DENGUE FEVER" or "MALARIA"
EXISTED IN THE US, THIS KIND OF LYING TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH DECEPTIVE
MARKETING PRACTICES WOULD NOT TO TOLERATED.