Permethrin is a synthetic version of Pyrethrum (Pyrethrin) - a naturally occurring substance which protects plants from insects. Unlike Picaridin, DEET and Lemon Eucalyptus, permethrin is an insecticide (kills insects) rather than an insect repellent. Permethrin is sprayed on clothing and other materials. It is non-staining, has no odour, and is resistant to heat, light and moisture. Used in conjunction with Picaridin or DEET repellents it is provides highly effective protection from mosquitos, ticks, fleas, bedbugs, flies and many other pests.
How To Use
Spray permethrin on bed linen, bed sheets, furniture, tiles or other fabrics. Never apply Permethrin directly to your skin. It's best to spray outdoors and let the sprayed stuff dry before using it. The effectiveness lasts a long time. Fabrics treated with permethrin will provide protection for up to two weeks - it even lasts for a wash cycle or two! Permethrin treated fabrics are considered safe for children. Avoid spraying near lakes and ponds as its toxic to fish. Pay attention to precautions and instructions on the product label.
Permethrin affects the neurological system of bed bugs. Upon contact with permethrin-treated surfaces, bed bugs and other insects will fall off almost immediately, nearly all will die from this brief contact. Studies show permethrin-treated bed nets greatly reduce the infestation of bed bugs. It is most effective when used along with DEET (or Picaridin) repellents. One study showed 99.9% protection from bed bugs when using these two products together - this test was done in a situation where an unprotected person would receive an average of over 1000 bites per hour!
Though a very small percentage or people may experience minor skin irritation and redness from coming in contact with permethrin, it is virtually non-toxic to humans. Reactions to permethrin products are very rare.
Permethrin is a very safe and effective way to increase your protection against bed bugs. As with any product, carefully read and follow the label precautions and instructions for use.