Treated or Protective Clothing & Gear

Treated or protective clothing is not just for avid hikers, backpackers, or campers, but anyone who is in or around a possible tick habitat, such as runners, cyclists, golfers, gardeners, landscapers, and children!

Insect Shield is the only certified company providing technology that converts clothing and gear into effective, long-lasting and convenient insect protection. Indiana Lyme Connect is an affiliate of Insect Shield. First time customers can use code INDIANALYME to get 15% off their first purchase, and ILC will receive 10% back from your purchase to support our organization (at no cost to you) if you use our link to shop at Insect Shield.


Permethrin is an extremely effective chemical repellent that can be applied to outerwear, footwear, and gear (such as backpacks and tents) to keep ticks away, or even kill the bugs moments after contact.

There are three ways to obtain permethrin treated clothing:

DIY - Treatment

  • Advantages: Easy. Cost effective. Can treat basic items like shirts, shorts, socks, jeans, and jackets, as well as high prevention items like shoes, boots, backpacks, & tents.
  • Limitations: Must re-treat every month or after 6 washings. Heed application warnings.
  • Permethrin Safety

Mail In Clothing For Treatment

  • Advantages: Last up to 70 washing. Fast turn around. More items, less $.
  • Limitations: See list of accepted clothing. Excludes certain key prevention items including shoes, backpacks.
  • Permethrin Safety

Purchase Pre-Treated Insect Shield Clothing

  • Advantages: Lasts up to 70 washings. Convenient as you can purchase locally or online.
  • Limitations: Excludes certain key prevention items including shoes and backpacks.
  • Permethrin Safety
Insect Shield

How did permethrin originate, and what are its uses?

The Insect Shield process binds a proprietary permethrin formula tightly to fabric fibers—resulting in effective, odorless insect protection that lasts the expected lifetime of apparel. Permethrin has been successfully used in the United States as an U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered product since 1977, with an excellent safety record. It is used in lice shampoos for children, flea dips for dogs, and various other products, some of which are regulated by the FDA.

Which insects does Insect Shield repel?

Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel has been proven and registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums). Insect Shield® Repellent Gear has been proven and registered to repel mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and flies. The EPA requires extensive effectiveness data to prove a product’s ability to repel insects. Many species and varieties of these insects have been tested, including those that can carry dangerous diseases.

Tested and Proven

Insect Shield technology results from years of intensive research and field study. Numerous studies have confirmed the effectiveness of permethrin-treated clothing as an insect repellent. Insect Shield’s own testing methods follow United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines, and the results conclusively show that our unique, long-lasting insect protection works.


The repellency of Insect Shield apparel is EPA-registered to last through 70 launderings—the expected lifetime of a garment. This is also well beyond the life of most performance finishes commonly used in the technical-apparel industry.