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    I'm nervous about tick and mosquitos and their associated diseases
    I've bought all the insect shield treated clothes I can
    I ran into this web site www.tickencounter.org that will treat any of your treatable clothing for less than $10/ garment
    Sooo if you have a favorite you don't need to buy something new
    Says it's good for 70 washings just as the new garments treated claim
    Hope this is helpful
    Johnnie Walker

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    Hey thanks for the great idea!! I may be new to whiteblaze, but I'm definitely not new to hiking, although it's been curtailed a bit the past 2-3 years due to illness and a car accident. I'm rehabbing and will be a bit slow to start, but have my pack weight down well under 10lb base, so I think (hope) I'm good to go. Again, thank you kindly for your tip- its definitely a good one!

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    Voodoo blessisng will work as well

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    Easier and cheaper to buy a bottle of Permethrin and do it yourself.

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    Nothing wrong with paying a little extra for the convenience of having someone do it for you, especially when chemicals like that are involved.

    Great link. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Bug View Post
    Easier and cheaper to buy a bottle of Permethrin and do it yourself.
    +1. You can buy it at REI.

    --louis

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    You can treat a lot of stuff with $20 worth of Permethrin from Tractor Supply:

    http://www.tractorsupply.com/permeth...32-oz--2212611
    "I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell"! - Harry Truman

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    If you treat it yourself, how long lasting is it?
    Don't you have to do it over and over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by old geezer View Post
    If you treat it yourself, how long lasting is it?
    Don't you have to do it over and over?
    I've never really heard that quantified. Like most things, it will wear-off, wash-off and degrade over time after being exposed to air and sunlight.

    I have heard some hard use woodsman (folks that work in the woods daily for a living) say it easily last a month between applications. Unlike a factory application where the fabric is exposed to an absorption method, a "spray-on" application won't last nearly as long.
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    I buy the bulk permethrin (not PRE-methrin, you want PER-methrin which is more effective) from a vet supply house online. Cut it with water in a 5 gallon bucket and then dip your clothes until saturated (wear gloves). Wring out and then let air dry. I dry mine flat so the good stuff doesn't run down to the edges via gravity.

    So far, I've had great success doing my pants, shorts, shirts and hat once a year at the start of Spring. I still use a bit of DEET around my socks or on exposed skin when wearing shorts/short sleeves.

    Warning!!! This stuff is deadly to cats!

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    I have also dip treated with good success, using this product, diluted with water 11.5 to 1 to get a 0.8% permethrin solution. It really does not have much of a smell, and seems quite long-lasting relative to surface spraying.

    http://www.controlsolutionsinc.com/product.asp?id=19

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    The Sawyer permethrin pump spray is good for six washings or six weeks, then it needs to be redone. For a thru hiker the Insect Shield clothing or this Insect Shield treatment is a lot more convenient. For my local hiking I like the convenience of the Insect Shield clothing, but the spray stuff works just as well.

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