Insect Shield products are appropriate for use by the entire family/no restrictions for use (Not suitable for cats)
Insect Shield® Advantages
Insect Shield® technology converts clothing and gear into effective, long lasting and convenient insect protection.
No restrictions for use
Insect Shield Repellent Gear products are EPA registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas through 25 launderings.
Is Insect Shield EPA-registered?
Insect Shield Repellent Apparel is EPA registered. (Reg. No. 74843-2) Insect Shield Repellent 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, the chemistry, the application process and the final consumer product.
Which insects does Insect Shield repel?
Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel has been registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums). Insect Shield® Repellent Gear has been registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and flies. The EPA requires extensive effectiveness data to prove a product's ability to repel insects. Many species and varieties of these insects have been tested, including many that can carry dangerous diseases.
How much protection is provided by Insect Shield repellent apparel?
A small item of Insect Shield clothing provides less repellency 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. Topical repellent can be used for exposed skin, and is especially recommended for heavily infested locations.
Does the product have an odor?
Insect Shield Repellent Apparel feels and smells the same as other clothing.
What are the benefits of Insect Shield vs. other forms of insect protection?
Insect Shield Repellent Apparel puts insect repellency near your skin, instead of on it, and the protection is invisible. Also, the repellency is long lasting, so no re-application is needed.
Is Insect Shield Responsible Insect Protection?
The proprietary Insect Shield process is designed to prevent loss of active ingredient outside the system, and once applied, Insect Shield repellency is so tightly bound to fabric fibers that garments retain effective repellency through 70 launderings.
How do you care for Insect Shield products?
For items that can be washed, normal home laundering is recommended. Insect Shield repellent apparel can be bleached, starched, pressed, etc., without effect on the repellent 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 repellent quality of the apparel.
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 repellency 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.