What is Permethrin?

With the Zika Buzz going on, a lot of our readers and customer are asking "What is Permethrin?"

0006-7600 Ben's Clothing and Gear contains 0.5% Permethrin to kill biting insects on contact.

(CDC recommends treating clothing and gear with permethrin or purchase permethrin-treated items to avoid mosquito bites.)

Important is that there are no known risks to pregnancy from permethrin!

According to the National Pesticide Information Center:

Permethrin is an insecticide in the pyrethroid family. Pyrethroids are synthetic chemicals that act like natural extracts from the chrysanthemum flower. Permethrin is used in a number of ways to control insects. Products containing permethrin may be used in public health mosquito control programs. They may be used on food and feed crops, on ornamental lawns, on livestock and pets, in structures and buildings, and on clothing. Permethrin may also be used in places where food is handled, such as restaurants. Permethrin was first registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) in 1979, and was re-registered in 2006.

Permethrin can affect insects if they eat it or touch it. Permethrin affects the nervous system in insects, causing muscle spasms, paralysis and death. Permethrin is more toxic to insects than it is to people and dogs. This is because insects can't break it down as quickly as people and dogs. Cats are more sensitive to permethrin than dogs or people because it takes their bodies a long time to break it down.


  1. a synthetic insecticide of the pyrethroid class, used chiefly against disease-carrying insects.

Ben's Clothing and Gear Spray contains 0.5% Permethrin to kill biting insects on contact. Apply to your clothing and gear before your trip for an extra level of protection against mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies, and other insects. The formula bonds to the fibers in fabric for protection that lasts up to two weeks. Each bottle contains enough repellent to treat two complete outfits or one set of gear.


  • Kills on Contact
  • Stay bug free with a second line of defense
  • Lasting Protection
  • Stays on fabric for up to two weeks
  • Protect your Gear
  • Keep mosquitoes and ticks off of your clothes and out of your tent


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