Saturday, April 26, 2008

clothes that say 'Buzz Off!'

What's special about this shirt? Would you believe it's insect repellent?

While filming in Africa and other buggy places, Jessica Kizorek (author of Show Me) protects herself by wearing just such clothing.

A company called Insect Shield has developed a way to bond Premethrin (a man-made version of natural insect repellent found in chrysamthemum plants) to the fibers of clothing. And the clothing stays repellent through 70 washings.

Insects it repels include mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums).

Can you imagine the difference this clothing would make to outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, camping etc. It's also a guard against insects that transmit diseases like dengue fever, malaria, lyme disease and West Nile virus.

Check out the Buzz Off Insect Shield website for a video, lots of information and a list of stores that carry Insect Shield clothes.

Jessica works with Bill Kizorek, her dad. He gave this testimonial to Exofficio, where he got his Buzz Off clothes.

Women's Buzz Off clothing - only the bugs will know.


Julana said...

Does it cause cancer??? :-)

violet said...

Woe - I should hope not. But it's a good question. The web site says Premethrin has been used since 1977 in animal flea products and headlice shampoos etc. But you're right - pesticides and insecticides are often found to be carcinogenic.

Judy said...

I tried to buy this product to wear on a recent birding trip to Jamaica. L.L.Bean couldn't send it to Canada.

violet said...

Judy - that's too bad. I wonder if other companies that stock it would / could send it?

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