Bug season is just around the corner and now's a good time for you to prepare.
First things first-
Disclaimer - Please do your research about the suitability of treating your gear with Permethrin. Also please be aware that the Sawyer products are specifically labeled for use on personal clothing. If you have any doubts or concerns, please purchase Sawyer Clothing Insect Repellant. http://www.sawyer.com/permethrin.htm
Here's a link to Sawyer's MSDS http://www.sawyer.com/msds/MSDS%20SP...rinSoak-02.pdf
Here's a link to PBI Gordon Permethrin-10 MSDS http://media.ruralking.com/docs/pdf/070010266msds.pdf
Note - The Permethrin-10 directions contain the statement "It is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with it's labeling."
As always this is maybe not the best way or the only way. It's just the way I did it.
* Purchased an 8oz. bottle of PBI Gordon Permethrin-10 from my local Rural King store here in Ohio. This year they sell for $6.99 per 8oz. bottle.
* Strung up several pieces of twine up in the garage, away from the cats.
* Mixed up the 8oz. bottle of Permethrin 10% with 19 parts (1.2 gallons) of water in a 5 gallon bucket. This should yield a 0.5% solution.
* Dunked all backpacking gear for myself and my 2 sons (pants, shirts, hats, hammocks, bug nets, etc.)
* Shut up the garage for the day to eliminate harming any stray critters until all gear is thouroghly dry.
I had approx a pint leftover in the bucket so I used the rest as a premise spray around the back porch, spraying on the deck, railing and doorway to help combat flies and mosquitos.
This has worked well for me through the year on several trips and approx 150 miles and I plan to repeat this procedure this year.