on 2016-06-01 Worked fantastically with other prevention steps -- ALMOST NO MOSQUITO BITES AFTER NINE DAYS IN THE JUNGLE!!!
I just came back from a nine-day trip deep into the Peruvian jungle -- into the reserve part of Manu National Park. It was an incredible journey! Fantastic nature, and incredibly isolated and pristine (an area never disturbed, and still inhabited by non-contacted peoples). But ahead of time I was extremely nervous about mosquito bites, because twice in the last ten years or so I have been to the emergency clinic with dozens of bug bites and a very strong allergic reaction to them. I practically obsessed over what to do to prevent mosquito bites as much as possible, because I have had such a strong reaction to bug bites, and the jungle is certainly full of mosquitos and other biting insects!.
I am very happy to say that everything that I did worked -- I got very few bites, and I didn't even notice them until I searched for them. Everyone else in our group got plenty of bites, and they were itching like crazy, but not me!!!
Here is what I did and what I brought:
1. I have a Peruvian friend who is a doctor. He told me to take Vitamin B complex every day for a week before the trip and every day in the jungle. I used these: Nature Made Super B Complex Tablets, Value Size, 360 Count
2. I bought two bottles of this Permethrin spray and very carefully sprayed ALL of my clothing, carefully following the directions on the bottle. I sprayed all of my clothing at home in my garage, and then packed it all in these giant ziploc bags: Ziploc Big Bag Double Zipper, Large, 5-Count
(by the way, those bags were great for packing everything and really helped to keep things from getting too damp in the 100% humidity jungle!). I sprayed the three pairs of hiking pants I brought, three long-sleeved shirts, all of my thick hiking socks, and my sunhat (both sides). I put extra spray at all openings - pant cuffs, shirt cuffs, and shirt button seams.While there I always tucked my pants legs into my socks. The tour company had suggested wearing a cotton t-short under long-sleeved shirts because the mosquitoes bite through clothing, but I never did that; I didn't need to as I just didn't get bites through the Permethrin-sprayed clothing. This stuff really worked, as I did not get bites through my Permethrin-treated clothing!
3. I took the antihistamine Loratidine (generic for Claritin, this one: GoodSense Allergy Relief Loratadine Tablets, 10 mg, 30 Count Bottle
) as a prophylactic every morning, to prevent my strong reaction to bites. This worked GREAT -- I did get a few bites, as I could see the tiny red dots, but I didn't feel anything at all from them! I took only enough for the days that I was in the jungle. In the two days in Cusco before returning to the US I started itching a little on a couple of bites. In hindsight I should have taken a few extra tablets to take in the next few days after the trip. (Another hint - some people get drowsy on this stuff; I tested it first at home before going on my trip. There are other OTC non-drowsy antihistamines you can try if this doesn't work, like the generic for Zyrtec.)
4. I bought DEET. In my paranoia about insect bites and my prior reaction to them, I bought several different versions of DEET -- spray, wipes, and lotion, but I used only this spray, and only three times: Repel 94101 6-Ounce Sportsmen Max Insect Repellent 40-Percent DEET Pump Spray, Case Pack of 1
. That bottle is plenty for lots of people; to minimize weight and volume in your pack you might even want to put it into a smaller travel-sized spray bottle. I sprayed the backs of my hands, and then wiped from the backs of my hands onto my neck, cheeks, and forehead.
5. I had a mosquito head net that I purchased many years ago. AlumiGogo has others but not the one that I have, so I can't give a link. I used this only two or three times when the mosquitos were especially thick. I had sprayed this also with Permethrin before leaving home.
6. I also brought with me an over the counter anti-itch creme (hydrocortisone), and a prescription-strength anti-itch creme (Clobetisol). I never used either one!!!!! But my travelling partners sure were happy that I had it so they could use it! I also had Sting Eze (StingEze Max2 Insect Bite Itch Relief Dauber, 0.5-Ounce
), but this too I never needed, and my travelling friends were very happy to use.
I worried a LOT before the trip about getting mosquito bites and my reaction to them. Really worried. I questioned my sanity for going! But with this Permethrin spray and everything else I did to prep, I had NO problems with mosquitos and I was able to totally enjoy the trip!!!!
5 Stars By DesertMom on 2016-08-17
Serious defense to prevent ticks
Nearly two years ago, I got Lyme disease. It took such a long time to diagnose, I was left with permanent damage. I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone. When I realized what was causing all my misery, I got very scared about my sons or my husband getting bitten by ticks. They camp often and hike in the mountains near us. They are outside most days, and knowing that I was bitten by a tick in that same area, I started researching the best insect sprays I could find. I came across this and bought it based on the reviews. I make sure my sons ALWAYS have this sprayed on the legs of their jeans when they go into the mountains, and it's been sprayed on their tent, too. The spray is nice, much nicer than the aerosol ones that spray all over and half of it is blown away by the breeze. This stuff sticks to the clothes and stays there. It doesn't stain, doesn't smell, and the most important part is that it works. I haven't seen a single tick (or any bug) on them since they've been using this spray. I still make sure they check themselves over each night for ticks, but this gives me peace of mind. Believe me when I say, Lyme is a nasty, horrible disease to have, and you don't want it! This seems to be the best defense I can find to prevent ticks and still let my kids enjoy the outdoors.
5 Stars By R. Fletcher on 2016-07-05
"100% honest - Highly recommend"
Love Sawyers! After spending a day clearing part of a thicket, I had 30 small seed ticks attached to my skin. They crawled up my legs, under my shirt and attached themselves to my skin. Frustrated, I bought Sawyer spray to try. I applied the spray on a pair of old tan pants and a light weight off white long sleeve shirt. (TIP: I used the clip hanger to hold the pants up and a regular hanger for the shirt. I hung them off a tree branch while applying the spray. This allowed me to walk around and really hit all parts of the clothing).
The next weekend, I got dressed in my Sawyer treated apparel and then tromping through the weeds to get to the thicket. I soon had 16 ticks crawling up my pant leg and only a couple managed to get above my knees. Most of them slowed to a small crawl and stopped or they just fell off the pants. I was impressed, very impressed!! I pulled a couple off my pants and held them in my hand, breathing on them trying to get them to move towards the CO2, but they didn't move - they were dead. Confident that I wasn't going to have any issues, I spent 6 hours on a hot summer day recapturing the land from the thicket. Happy to report that when I got home, there were no ticks on my clothing or attached to my body. Which made my wife extremely happy ... which leads me to my "100% honest - Highly recommend" review.
****I was NOT paid or provided the product in exchange for the review. I bought the repellent with my own hard earned money and this review is based off my personal experience using the product.****
5 Stars By Tammy on 2016-06-27
I hike with a wonderful lunatic in the New Jersey area who thinks nothing of it to take 3 or 4 "short cuts" through waist-deep, flowing, prickling, itching grass...places pretty much deemed tick central. I sprayed this stuff on my pack, pair of leggings, and hiking boots 2 weeks prior to my hike(everything but the tank top I was wearing) When it came time to exit tick land, (after trudging thru several of these spots each at least 15-minutes) all my hiking guys had ticks on them, one pulled about 7 off his legs...I had NOT ONE. I expected at least something on my shirt since it wasn't treated even though my backpack was, nada...not one freaking creepy tick. I am so beyond impressed with this stuff.
5 Stars By DJ on 2017-03-01
No Bug Allowed
I treated some hiking pants and shirts with this product. Hiked over 300 miles on the Appalachian Trail without a bug problem. Even rained 1/2 the time and stayed bug free. I will treat my clothes again this year. I this I even sprayed my backpack.
5 Stars By Prissy on 2017-04-24
TICKS are gone
We live in NE PA and the ticks are HORRIBLE this year. Every time my husband would go out in the back yard or near our woods - he always came back with ticks. He's used this twice this year and NO ticks! Would highly recommend it. Not for use on animals - just your shoes and clothing.
5 Stars By Tom Holzel on 2017-06-03
TICKS FALL RIGHT OFF
A few days ago I sprayed my pants from the knee down and from the crotch up with Sawyer Permethrin—a bug/tick repellant. Said to last for six weeks and through as many washings. (It’s routinely used by the U.S. Army .)
Coming back this morning from our pre-breakfast walk with the dog, I spotted a deer tick (the dangerous tiny ones) ankle high on my pants. It can have been on me for no more than 10 minutes.
The little bugger seemed not to know which way to crawl. It flipped over 2 or 3 times and then fell off. Himm, now that’s what I call anti-tick power.
5 Stars By Holly on 2017-08-20
This works great for Mosquitoes
So I bought this for use at our cabin because of ticks but it never made it there. We have an in ground pool and our two year got over a dozen mosquitoe bites in an hour. I figure this stuff said it would work but i didnt have high hopes. I was seriously wrong and dont us much of anything else anymore. We sprayed all of the pool chairs and part of the fence. Everyone has been amazed at how well its worked. We've even stopped and sprayed a chair for someone when they bring their own and they will go from being swarmed to not noticeable with about 4 good sprays on the chair. We've had a lot of rain and done minimal respraying so I can't fully say if it lasts forever on non-washed items but it's lasted well enough that I think this larger bottle will last us well over a year. Since I paid full price for this if you find this review helpful click yes/helpful so others will see it as well.
4 Stars By Chienmauvais on 2016-12-15
I like it. I prefer it to slathering on Deet
It works. I like it. I prefer it to slathering on Deet, but some in some cases you need both. That said, the reason I don't give it a higher rating is that the sprayer that comes with these bottles is poor. It falls apart instantly. You are supposed to saturate your clothing with the permethrin and let it dry. The amount of energy that has been wasted with these crap spray devices could power a small city. Your hands, both of them, will be exhausted before you complete the saturation of a pair of pants or a shirt. It will take you a long time and both hands will hurt afterwards. But it works. It is just a complete pain in the ass, They ought to sell it in a pump sprayer like a garden or deck sprayer. This would make a GREAT DEAL MORE SENSE. I am sure someone thought of it and then discounted it as too expensive. They need to RETHINK THIS SPRAYER. Do yourself a favor and buy one of these https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BX4VXI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
1 Stars By TRACY on 2017-12-10
With all the preparation required by this product I was disappointed that I was bitten through my clothes within hours ...
Absolutely did not work.
I followed the instructions to the letter, I purchased 2 bottles and used a little over 1 bottle for 2 sets of clothing and then spent 4 days in the AlumiGogo where I was bitten frequently through my clothes. The only areas where I didn’t get bitten was the area underneath my life jacket which I wore on the boat. With all the preparation required by this product I was disappointed that I was bitten through my clothes within hours of arriving in the jungle