So in regards to soaking vs spraying, which gear is safe to soak? I'm thinking all straps and line, hammock, tarp, and pack are safe to soak. I have a friend that left her sleeping bag with me since I have the permethrin. Would it be safe for TQ/UQ/Sleeping bags to be sprayed?
Also, after it's dried, is it safe for dogs? She also left a dog pack and it would be nice to help our furry friend avoid the bugs, but we want to make sure not to irritate his skin after a long hike.
I wouldn't treat the tarp, lines, or straps. I've heard that some of the permethrins have solvents that can degrade the sil. I usually just treat hammock, bug net and cloths. You could spray quilts if you want but that seems like over kill to me. Permethrin is safe for dogs, just not cats when it's wet.
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Thanks! That explains why the link doesn't work. Can anyone here recommend a brand of concentrated permethrin that they are comfortable diluting to .5% and spraying on their hammocks?
I'm thinking of just getting this 36% solution and diluting it to .5% as needed. Seems more economical than buying the spray bottles.
I've never done dilution and never done soaking. What I use is Bonide Bedbug Killer. It's 0.5% and doesn't have any stuff in it that I would be worried about getting on my gear. I think I paid about $7 for a qt spray bottle. You can find local dealers on their site here. Dilution looks cheaper though.
If you're going to get one to dilute, you want something that is in an aqueous solution, not a petroleum solution. The Martin's Permethrin 10 is water based. Not sure about many others. Pretty sure the 36% SFR is petroleum base.
Thanks! I looked up the MSDS of the one I'd posted and, yes, you're absolutely correct--it's a bad choice because of the petroleum solution. The MSDS for the Martin's Permethrin 10 looks much better and that's what I'm going to get.