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    Question Do you use permethrin?

    I'm in Connecticut, home of lyme disease. I want to protect myself from ticks and reduce the chance of getting lyme disease. DEET is a bad idea because it destroys synthetics. Picaridin may be a good choice for protecting exposed skin. Permethrin is recommended for clothing, shoes, hammocks, etc. I bought some Sawyer permethrin in a spray bottle. It's pretty pricey if I want to treat all of my stuff. I read that some people dilute a higher concentration.

    What I bought: https://sawyer.com/products/permethr...ect-repellent/

    Higher concentration that I could dilute? http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pro...ise-spray-1-qt

    I would like to hear from you if you've had experience diluting your own! Any advice is appreciated!

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    Idk about diluting it, but the sawyer is .5% and the Gordons is 10%. So by that logic you.should be able to dilute with a 20:1 ratio. I used it last weekend on a netless hammock in southern MO. ticks and mosquitos like none other. Had zero bites, not even stuff buzzing around me. It was glorious. I don't believe I will go out into the woods without it again.

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    I use the one you linked from Tractor Supply. 20:1 ratio. I put my gear in a double black trash bag, pour the solution over the gear, tie up the bags, kneed the gear flipping the bag a few times and let sit overnight. The next day, I hang everything up to dry...away from cats...it's lethal to them when wet. Once dry, the formula has bonded to the fibers. One soak is good for a camping season. If used on clothing, it's supposed to be good for about 5-6 washes. I notice a slight odor when wet and maybe the first time I use my gear. After that, I don't notice any. It has never bothered me. I have been in my hammock listening to bugs land on my bug net or hammock and fall to the ground dead. Also, I use picaridin on my clothing and boots. I have never had a tick on me when using it. I think they have become immune to DEET. Just my opinion.

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    Oh, I used plastic gloves to handle the solution and wet gear.

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    Thanks, Goat! I'm glad to hear it worked well for you! I went on a hike with the dogs and brought home 8 ticks. I even woke up in the middle of night with one crawling on my eyebrow. I knew we needed permethrin after that. The dogs are protected with Frontline and a lyme disease vaccination but they can still carry the ticks back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junebugdawn View Post
    I use the one you linked from Tractor Supply. 20:1 ratio. I put my gear in a double black trash bag, pour the solution over the gear, tie up the bags, kneed the gear flipping the bag a few times and let sit overnight. The next day, I hang everything up to dry...away from cats...it's lethal to them when wet. Once dry, the formula has bonded to the fibers. One soak is good for a camping season. If used on clothing, it's supposed to be good for about 5-6 washes. I notice a slight odor when wet and maybe the first time I use my gear. After that, I don't notice any. It has never bothered me. I have been in my hammock listening to bugs land on my bug net or hammock and fall to the ground dead. Also, I use picaridin on my clothing and boots. I have never had a tick on me when using it. I think they have become immune to DEET. Just my opinion.

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    Awesome! This is exactly what I needed to know! I was wondering if the TSC version had a lingering smell or any issues that differ from Sawyer. Thanks for sharing all of the information about washes, application process, toxicity for cats, gloves, etc. I've read that as well and I appreciate you repeating it.

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    I use Martin's brand.
    http://www.amazon.com/Martins-Permet...=sr_1_5&sr=8-5
    It is 10% so I dilute it to a .5% solution. Some brands have a petrochemical base and smell really bad. This one does not seem to have that. I spray my hammock, clothing, shoes and socks especially. I went on a canoe trip in Missouri a couple of years ago with friends, there were about 12 of us for 5 days. They were constantly pulling ticks off and I never had one. I spray my chair with it as well. Initially I was concerned about using it, but now with all the diseases related to ticks, I think the cost to benefit ratio is there.
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    Do you use permethrin?

    I use the TSC at 20:1 as well. I soak just about everything I can in the solution. My buddy who also hangs came back with 4 ticks (used a bug net too). I came back clean as a whistle. I swear by the stuff.

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    I use the Martins 10% from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Martins-Permet.../dp/B0088Y7PJY

    Dilute it 20:1 (about 6 ounces (3/4 cup) per gallon), dip your clothes/hammock/bugnet/etc., let dry and you are good to go. Like others have said, I've seen blood suckers hit the net and fall dead - quite satisfying, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laghang View Post
    Awesome! This is exactly what I needed to know! I was wondering if the TSC version had a lingering smell or any issues that differ from Sawyer. Thanks for sharing all of the information about washes, application process, toxicity for cats, gloves, etc. I've read that as well and I appreciate you repeating it.
    Always glad to help. :-)

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