Blog: Leonie BarrieMosquitoes buzz off

Leonie Barrie | 27 August 2003

One of the downsides of the current spate of warm weather is that it brings mosquitoes out in force. But with impeccable timing, a new line of insect-repellent clothing, recently approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Food and Drug Administration, is poised to hit the shelves.

The new range, from Buzz Off Insect Shield LLC and catalogue giant Orvis, is produced by a patent-pending process that binds the active ingredient, permethrin, to everyday clothing. The insect-repellent garment is described as both effective and long lasting - and its launch has even been likened to Gore-Tex’s revolutionary impact. Insect repellent clothing is not new however: one of the first lines – Nosquito – was launched by Craghoppers in 2001.

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