Like the old Beach Boys song says, “I Get Around”. Last month in ‘la pampas’ in central Argentina, this month roaming the streets of Buenos Aires and then to the Colombian jungle in January. There’s two things in commong on my trips. One, it’s always about photography and writing. Two, there’s always some type of flying, buzzing, biting, stinging pest around.
Spray on insect repellent just doesn’t cut it for me. I can’t afford to try to capture the image with my hands slick and oily from a spray on type bug killer. I need to keep my hands dry so I can hold the gear — it’s no fun dropping a zoom lens when you’re in the jungle.
Recently I came across something that will save photographers — and well, anyone that spends a great deal of time outdoors — alot of trouble and problems. Clothes by Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Repellent Gear (ISRARG) that are already made with the intention of getting rid of the insects
Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Repellent Gear are ground breaking products designed to proiide long-lasting, effective and convenient insect protection against, mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums). Registered and approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection in 2006, the material repellent property of the material lasts from 25 to 70 washes.
With ISRARG, I can get as much, or as little, protection as I want and need. In the streets of Buenos Aires where there’s just a few mosquitoes? Then ISRARG shirt and shorts is plenty to keep those bitin’ critters off of me. When I’m in the jungle, then I pull out the long sleeve shirt and long pants. You see the more material you have over your body, the more protection you have against those biting nasties.
Something else I really don’t like about the spray-ons; no matter how much bragging or boasting the makers do, it still smells like you’re wearing insect repellent. That might be ok for a backyard BBQ, but when you’re in the field trying to capture that elusive image of an animal and it’s almost sundown, the last thing you want is to be upwind from your prey and have the smell of that spray on give away your presence. ISRARG solves that problem nicely also; no smell whatsoever.
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At the end of the shoot, I can just toss the clothes into the washing machine. The apparel can be bleached, starched, pressed — anything you do to your everyday clothes, you can do to these. There has been plenty of time to do all the studies and test the material and see just how good it is.
Permethrin, the main incredient that keeps the bugs off, was first used in the US in 1977. It has an excellent safety record and is even used in lice shampoo for children and flea dips for dogs.
I first came across bed nets that were treated with permethrin in Kenya in the 80s. The East Coast of Africa is covered in malaria carrying mosquitoes. To cut down on the spread of the disease, uniforms and bed netting treated with permethrin are being used by internationa relief organizations to protect in areas prone to insect borne diseases.
So, before you head out of doors with that camera gear, invest in some clothing by Insect Shield Repellent Apparel and Repellent Gear and prepare to Join the Adventure!
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