When you’re camping or hiking in a tropical environment where disease-carrying mosquitoes are a risk, then you can amp up your protection by treating your gear with the Permethrin Debugger Kit from Equip.
Permethrin is an insecticide that once impregnated onto a material, can kill insects and mosquitos on contact. This kit can be used on tents, sleeping bags, mosquito nets, headwear and even clothing.
This kit comes with 20ml of permethrin, a 5ml syringe, and 2 disposable gloves to treat your gear – so you can get maximum protection from mosquitos when you’re at risk.
Suitable for use on tents, headwear, clothing, sleeping bags and mosquito nets
Once impregnated onto fabric will kill mosquitos and other insects on contact
Includes: 2 x disposable rubber gloves, 1 x 5ml syringe, 1 x 20ml permethrin and instructions
10.5H x 6.5W x 6.5D cm
Active Constituent 550g/L Permethrin (25:75) | Solvent 335g/L Hydrocarbon Liquid
coverage area1 answer
For applying this to tarps and ground sheets, how much coverage (approximately) do you get?
Andrew - Shorncliffe, QLD(1 month ago)
I don't believe this will work for tarp or groundsheets, as they're generally plastic woven or plastic mesh. This can only really be used with fabric or material that is porous/permeable. If you have non-waterproof cotton canvas groundsheets/tarps, you may need a few bottles. Apparently, 20ml of concentrate will treat 2 single bed sheets, if that gives you an idea of rate.
Lauren - Snowys(1 month ago)
Equip debugger1 answer
Does this have a smell?
Dianne - Clare, SA (1 month ago)
I've checked in with the team & no-one here has personal experience with this product. Apparently, Permethrin can smell alittle during the application process, but ultimately the smell goes away. A quick google also suggests that Permethrin is odourless, so I think if you're worried about smell, you wont have any issues with this product.
Lauren - Snowys(1 month ago)
Is it good for Merino socks?
Karla - Sydney, NSW(6 months ago)
There's no clear info on this from the product specifications, but I've done some research on google and it seems people regularly treat merino clothing and socks with Permethrin with no issues at all. I'd recommend having a google and reading more about people's experiences before you proceed, just to make sure you are happy with that info!
Lauren - Snowys(6 months ago)
Is this effective on tent screens against midges?
Eric - Bulli, NSW(7 months ago)
I've done some quick research on this one, and it seems as though Permethrin is effective in deterring midges to a certain extent. Seems like it could be a good option, but isn't foolproof.
Lauren - Snowys(7 months ago)
Can a Swag be treated with Permethrin
Brian - Dianella, WA(9 months ago)
Yep, that application for swags would be the same instructions as provided for tents.
Lauren - Snowys(9 months ago)
What percentage of permethrin?1 answer
Hi there, I have read that 20% permethrin or above is the most efficient concentration - could you please let me know the % of permethrin in this product? Thanks very much, Sarah
Sarah - Bronte(1 year ago)
The ratio of active ingredients (permethrin) to solvent is 25:75, so it is 25% concentrated and should suit your needs.
Leece - Snowys(1 year ago)
Once applied, how many washes of an item of clothing before it become ineffective?1 answer
I.e. does it wash off eventually?
Dave - Melbourne(1 year ago)
Great question! I've had a chat with the supplier and they've said the Permethrin Treatment will last about 12 months and for 30 washes.
Susie - Snowys(1 year ago)
Does it mess with the water repellency (DWR) or other treatments of the fabric?1 answer
Does treating with Debugger affect the other properties of the fabric eg DWR, breathability, etc? Can it be used with Gore-Tex?
Syed - 3032(2 years ago)
We wouldn't recommend using the Debugger on garments with DWR or Gore-Tex as it may damage the fabric or the waterproof membrane.
Leece - Snowys(2 years ago)
debugger spray1 answer
hi once this solution is made up can u place into a spray bottle to apply to sleeping bag etc..
mochelle - 7330(3 years ago)
The instructions supplied with the Debugger Permethrin Treatment indicate that items must be submerged in the solution and left to dry. You may be about to make up a solution and put it in a spray bottle, but it would be hard to determine the effectiveness.
Leece - Snowys(3 years ago)
How many garment can you treat1 answer
Please advise how many garments can be treated with the made up 20L solutions
Jodie - Langwarrin(3 years ago)
I've just been and checked the instruction manual in the box, and they suggest that you can use 10mL of the Permethrin Treatment with 4L of water to treat up to 4 shirts at a time.