Insect Repellent Clothing – A Detailed Look

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There’s nothing more annoying than being constantly bitten when you’re out in the wilderness, as it can really take the edge off what should have been a nice trip. In fact, mosquitoes are often credited with being the number one killer of people in the world, and they just seem to love sucking our blood when given half a chance.

Although it’s malaria-carry mosquitoes that are doing all the killing, being bitten by a non-malaric mosquito is still extremely annoying, as it’ll leave a bite mark that will itch like crazy, begging you to scratch it.

mosquito clothingSo what can you do to repel mosquitoes and prevent them from biting you? Mosquito DEET sprays work well, but they only last for a few hours and they’re not very environmentally friendly.

Electronic mosquito repellers are another option, but recent studies have proved them not to work.

Once you consider the flaws of the above, insect repellent clothing becomes a very attractive option.

As the name suggests, insect repellent clothing is something you can wear to help prevent getting bitten by insects (and in particular, mosquitoes).

Wearing insect repellent clothing is a great way of protecting your whole (or parts of your) body from insect bites without having to continually apply insect repellent.

Insect repellent clothing is becoming increasingly popular, and this is largely down to how effective it is (i.e. how well it works at repelling insects). That being said, using insect repellent sprays and patches in conjunction with wearing this kind of clothing will reduce your chances even further of being bitten.

Obviously insect repellent clothing won’t cover your entire body – most notably your face, neck and hands will be bare, so applying insect repellent spray to those areas is a good idea regardless of what you’re wearing (although make sure not to spray it in your eyes!)

How Does Insect Repellent Clothing Work?

So how does insect repellent clothing work? The clothing is pre-treated with something called ‘Permethrin’ which is similar to the DEET content in bug spray.

The compound sprayed on is done in such a way that it won’t wash out when the clothing is washed, and it’s completely safe to touch.

Advantages of Insect Repellent Clothing

buzz-off-shirtsThere are many benefits to using insect repellent clothing. First of all, unlike stand-alone bug repelling/zapping products (like the kinds that you’d hang from the ceiling or place on a table) the fact that the repellent is on your clothing at all times makes you a walking insect repeller, and that you’ll be protected wherever you are.

Secondly, some people seem to have allergic reactions to the chemical toxins in bug spray. Wearing insect repellent clothing is the best way to avoid such reactions, as the chemical compound used is very subtle and clean.

Lastly, you can repeatedly wash this kind of clothing and the bug spray won’t ‘wash out’ of it, meaning you can used it for years to come.

The Disadvantages of Insect Repellent Clothing

There are only really two disadvantages of wearing insect repellent clothing. First of all, it doesn’t cover your whole body – your head and hands (and possibly your arms) will still be exposed to insects (although wearing an insect repllent hat and spraying bug spray on your hands will sort out this problem).

Secondly, some people might not consider insect repellent clothing to be the most attractive in terms of looks. What does it look like? Most of the time its simple, loose fitting and olive/beige colors that are perfect for being out in the wilderness.


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