Insect Repellent Apparel and Gear are revolutionary products designed to provide long-lasting, effective and convenient insect protection. The durable protection provided by Insect Control Apparel and Gear is the result of years of research and testing—resulting in effective, odourless insect protection that lasts the expected lifetime of a garment.
Permethrin acts as both an Insect Repellent and an Insecticide, depending on the insect. Some insects will not go near the treated product. Some may pass through the repellent zone and sit on the fabric. These insects will quickly become disorientated while the Permethrin acts on the neurological part of their brain that enables them to bite, blood suck and feed. Do not worry as they cannot do any harm to your horse in this state and it is only a matter of time before these insects move on and die. The time it takes for this to happen will vary, depending on the species – see knockdown test results and link to videos.
Permethrin is a man-made version of a natural insect control found in certain chrysanthemum plants. The Insect Repellent process binds a Permethrin formula tightly to fabric fibres—resulting in effective, odourless insect protection that lasts the expected lifetime of apparel. Permethrin has been successfully used in the United States as an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered product since 1977, with an excellent safety record. It is used in lice shampoos for children, flea dips for dogs, and various other products, some of which are regulated by the FDA.
Insect Repellent Technology has been proven to help control mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, biting flies, midges and sandflies. The EPA requires extensive effectiveness data to prove a product’s ability to help repel insects. Many species and varieties of these insects have been tested, including those that can carry dangerous diseases. Our products are individually put through rigorous testing for every different fabric type. The top ten most harmful insects of each species are tested by independent laboratories and must pass before EPA approval can be given.
Insect Control Technology treated products are exceptionally durable and unique because unlike other products, the treatment has been bonded deep into the fabric fibres, instead of just being sprayed on. By using this patent process, we eliminate having high initial concentrations that can have dangerous overdose effects, but then wash off in a short time with rain and perspiration. The permethrin in our treated products is EPA-registered to last through 25 launderings—the expected lifetime of a garment. However, even after this point, testing has shown that the fabrics can retain over 92% of their effectiveness. This is also well beyond the life of most performance finishes commonly used in the technical-apparel industry.
In most cases, your Insect Control Technology horse rug will provide good protection. In heavily infested areas you can get increased protection by fitting your horse with Insect Control Technology leg protectors, which can help protect the lower legs and also help prevent ticks from crawling up onto your horse’s legs in heavily infested areas. Insect Control Technology treated Fly masks/Hoods are also recommended in high insect areas, as they are brilliantly designed for a great fit. The hood sits further back on your horse’s neck and helps protect all key areas for your horse.
Insect Control Apparel stop mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, sandflies and midges. The EPA requires extensive effectiveness data to prove the product’s ability to repel these insects. Many species and varieties of ticks, mosquitoes, flies, etc., have been tested.
No. Insect Repellent Technology protection is odourless, colourless and does not change the feel of the garment.
Insect Control Gear provides effective protection against insects through 25 washings. Horsewear should be machine-washed separately in cold water using standard laundry detergent. You should not dry clean, as this will remove the permethrin (the active ingredient) from your horsewear, thereby reducing the insect repellent capabilities.
For horses with extremely sensitive skin, we do recommend that you wash your rug before use.
A mild & sensitive detergent works best.