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    Default Re: Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    Tried just about everything Fred, nothing works on me for very long. No longer wear shorts or short sleeve shirts, I cover up and check myself over thoroughly when I get home, had blood poisoning too many times from infected bites to take any more chances and we don't get too many of the vicious beasts you have in the US. Still been driven off the water by the blighters many times, I'm a magnet for every biting bug on gods earth.
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    Default Re: Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    REI guys, all hard core out door stuff:

    REI Jungle Juice Owner Review by Ray Estrella - Backpackgeartest.org

    Back to 'Deet.'
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    Default Re: Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    Just saw Simms has a line of insect repellant clothing. I'll be checking them out.

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    Default Re: Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    Quote Originally Posted by jrod88 View Post
    Just saw Simms has a line of insect repellant clothing. I'll be checking them out.
    Problem with this type of clothing is your laundry basket. Each washing removes a lot of the 'repellent;' few of these and all you have is a pricie shirt.
    fae
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredaevans View Post
    Problem with this type of clothing is your laundry basket. Each washing removes a lot of the 'repellent;' few of these and all you have is a pricie shirt.
    fae
    Simms is saying their process lasts 70 washes. That's pretty good. I wash my uniforms every two wears unless I'm in the field and rotate 4 uniforms and still experience insect free wear with over 1 year old uniforms.

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    Default Re: Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    I bought an repellent-impregnated shirt when I travelled a few years back. Fair to say it worked initially - the mozzies just bit me through my trousers instead!
    As Fred says, the repellent washes out but you can recharge by soaking the shirt in a solution (water + DEET). I must say, Simms' ''70 washes'' sounds extremely good if true and straight forward, but may involve hand washing/cold water/no soaps. I'd check thoroughly first as I'm sure it isn't cheap to begin with.

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    Default Re: Keeping 'bittie bugs' at bay; what works best?

    To my knowledge deet and water do not mix.

    The active ingredient in these shirts is probably permethrin.

    "he Insect Shield process is designed to prevent loss of the active ingredient Permethrin outside the system, and once applied, it is so tightly bound to fabric fibers that garments retain full effective repellency through 70 launderings."

    BugsAway - Insect, Tick, Mosquito Repellent Permethrin Clothing | ExOfficio

    Permethrin Treated Clothing Mosquito Bites - Consumer Reports
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