Permthrin Impregnation Kit
The DeBugger fabric treatment kit contains permethrin, which is an insecticide suitable for use on clothing and mosquito nets. It kills mosquitoes and other insects and arthropods including ticks and fleas when they alight on impregnated material. It is not a repellent and should not be applied to the skin.
The DeBugger is supplied as a concentrate that must be diluted and applied at a rate of .5g/sq m. Please note that the amount absorbed depends on the material to be treated. As an approximate guide, the amount in this kit will be sufficient for 2 standard size mosquito nets or at least 10 T-shirts. This is best done by soaking the net or clothing in a plastic bag or bucket. For maximum effect, nets need to be retreated every 3 - 6 months and kept stored out of direct sunlight. Impregnated T-shirts and sheets have no vapour once treated, can be used for children's clothing and will last at least 5 washes. If using this method for clothing, a run through a washing machine following treatment is recommended.
The use of DEET-containing aerosols and permethrin soaked nets and T-shirts significantly reduces the likelihood of insect-borne diseases including malaria. However in some areas, you may also need anti-malarial medications.
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