I decided to give permethrin a try this year as an insect repellent because I'd heard how well it works for the past several years. I'm pretty hard-headed, which is why it took me so long to try the stuff. By this part of the turkey season each year, I am usually loaded with tick, chigger, and mosquito bites. Not this year. Wow, does that stuff really work! I only realized how well it works because yesterday afternoon after work I took one of the horse trails back above the swamp to repair one of my low brush blinds which was battered by a hail storm earlier in the week. It has been hotter than usual and I didn't have time to hunt, so I just jogged back there in shorts, work boots, and a T-shirt unprotected by any bug repellant. I couldn't believe the number of ticks and chiggers that were crawling on me when I got back to the truck. The limbs at the blind weren't in as bad a shape as I figured they might be and it just took a few minutes to get the blind back to where it was right again. My total time spent in those woods yesterday was less than 40 minutes. I have hunted those woods really hard this Spring and I haven't found the first tick or chigger crawling on me from hunting anywhere...and I hunt in some seriously dank and buggy places. When I'm wearing my treated hunting clothes, mosquitoes only hover for a few seconds and fly off towards easier targets.
If biting bugs are ruining your time afield, try treating your clothes with permethrin a few days before you go next time and be prepared to be impressed as you hunt bug-free. It even lasts for several clothes washings too! It makes regular bug spray seem stupid.
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