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To prevent ticks, is it safe to spray permethrin on sleeping bags or bedsheets, as well as clothes?
Answer:Permethrin is a chemical insecticide used to kill residential pests and, at very low concentrations, as an insect repellent that can be applied on the outer sides of outdoor clothing and gear such as sleeping bags. Using permethrin on clothing and outdoor gear is considered to be an effective strategy for preventing tick bites provided it is applied properly.
Permethrin can also be found in creams and liquids to treat lice, but use of these products, such as Nix, can cause irritation, is restricted to certain body areas, and can be applied for a period of only minutes.
For more details about permethrin's effectiveness and safety, how permethrin products differ, and how permethrin compares to DEET, sign in to read our full answer. Commercially available permethrin products discussed are Permethrin Premium Insect Repellent Aerosol Spray (from Sawyer), Permethrin Clothing & Gear Insect Repellent (from Repel), Permethrin SFR 36.8% Concentrate Insecticide (from Control Solutions Inc.) and Permethrin 10% Rapid Kill Insecticide (From Durvet Inc.). Brands that contain permethrin-impregnated fabric by Insect Shield include ExOfficio, Craghoppers, Cresta, and others.
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