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with Insect Shield®

Ticked off about biting insects? Bug Me Not Clothing
protects against ticks, mosquitoes and more

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Clothing with Insect Shield

The Bug Me Not Shirt and Convertible Pants have smart, insect-repelling features and Insect Shield® technology.

MOSQUITOES and ticks aren't just annoying, they can transmit deadly diseases, including Lyme disease, West Nile virus, La Crosse encephalitis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Of these, Lyme disease is the most common, with about 300,000 people infected each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control — ten times more than was previously reported! That's why we developed our new Bug Me Not clothing, with smart, insect-repelling features and Insect Shield® technology.

Clothing treated with Insect Shield provides effective protection from ticks, mosquitoes, black flies and no-see-ums. The protection is built right into the fabric — you won't feel or smell it — and lasts for about 70 launderings.

Don't just take our word for the effectiveness of Insect Shield: A pilot study conducted by researchers at The University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health reported that the incidence of tick bites was reduced by 93 percent among workers wearing Insect Shield-treated clothing.

Collar blocks insects

Stand-up collar on the Bug Me Not Shirt keeps insects out.

Cuffs keep insects out

Bug Me Not Convertible Pants have knitted Tick Nix cuffs that block crawling bugs.

Curious? We were, too. Here are answers to some of the questions we had about Insect Shield:

What is Insect Shield?
Insect Shield uses a proprietary formulation of the insect repellent permethrin, so it will provide effective, odorless, long-lasting insect protection. The patent-pending Insect Shield process binds the protection tightly to fabric fibers.

What is permethrin?
Permethrin has been registered by the EPA in the United States since 1979 and has an outstanding safety record. Permethrin is used in lice shampoos for children, flea dips for dogs, and various other products.

Who can wear Insect Shield?
Insect Shield Insect Repellent Apparel was granted registration by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2003. 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. There are no restrictions for use. Insect Shield can be worn by the entire family.

What insects does it repel?
Insect Shield Repellent Apparel has been proven and registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums).

Does the product have an odor?
Insect Shield Repellent Apparel feels and smells the same as other clothing. Insect Shield offers invisible, built-in insect protection that stays in your clothing — not on your skin.

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Does Insect Shield apparel require special care?
No. The apparel should be laundered normally. It should not be dry-cleaned.

How long does it last?
Insect Shield protection lasts through 70 washes, generally considered the normal expected life of a piece of apparel.

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