By my own experiance (I've been treating my clothing for 4 years)the BEST is Permetherin. The stuff has been around a long time. It's the main igredient in RID the lice shampoo, by the way.
It is a chemical which you put on your clothing NOT ON YOUR SKIN!!!!!!and it n only repells but is also a contact poison so if the tick/mosquito/no-seeum crawls on the clothing it kills them. (It is used on every piece of military outerwear issued, by the way). The bottle/mfg. states it is good for up to 6 washes. It is made from the (no spellchecker here)chrysanthemum flower/plant. The wonderful thing about this stuff is you won't be annoyed by ANY biting insects while wearing the treated clothing! (Wear your treated hat too)
The Orvis company sells pretreated clothing under the label "Buzz Off". It's advertisements/product info can/should be read on it's website. Just type Buzz off into their search window. (The cost of a shirt, hat or pants is astronomical!)
I've been using the most popular product which is sold under the brand name Sawyer's. Read their product info in their website. There are several way to apply it. You can buy it cheaper online at one of the 2 large outdoor online/catalog/retail outlets. (names witheld)
I spray my dog's coat lightly once a month and have NEVER (in 4 years) seen a flea or tick on him. He doesn't even scratch himself as my previous 4 Brits (and other dogs being annoyed/biten by fleas) He's a predomanatly white Brittany Sp.
A Lymey friend of mine found a veterinary supply house in CA where it is sold as a vet. insect repellant. The cost was astoundingly cheaper. I have just re-treated all my outerwear with their product so I can't attest to it's benefits/usefullness yet.
And NO, I do not profit in ANY way. Any questions PM me I'll try and answer any of your questions. Buzz
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Yes... that's the best we know of in these parts too. Glad you mentioned it.
My recent experience though...
I used a bottle of the Sawyyer's and was very disappointed- not in the product- but the spray bottle it came in and the way it sprayed on the clothing.
You aren't suppose to get the liquid on your hands or skin, it is for clothing only. But this bottle leaked and leaked, no matter what I did. It was very difficult to use, didn't spray evenly, etc. (large blobs of liquid here and nothing on other areas). Drips and blanks and a good deal of waste it seemed.
I also used the spray cans of Repel Permanone (my normal brand) and hadn't even thought of it before... but I found them to be MUCH easier to use and with MUCH better coverage.
My bet is that would make them more cost efficient in the long run?
I also have nothing to gain by mentioning that brand ... just was so disappointed with the mess from the Sawyer's brand that I thought I'd mention my experiences with it... and the results of the comparison.
But I agree with your post that it is a great protection method that more of us should be using.
It is good for hunters too as it has no scent (no sissy girly perfume) that would scare away the big 8 point buck they thought they might get.