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    Quote Originally Posted by nanok View Post
    wise words, a multi-layer approach is best. unfortunately, i'm that friend..

    keep in mind, though, that permethrin is not a bug repellent, unfortunately it is often mislabelled as being such. what it is, is a neurotoxic molecule which kills all "bugs", indiscriminately, as they have not evolved an enzyme to neutralyze it (yet.). permethrin is similarly neurotoxic to us, it's just that we have a built in way to neutralize it, so it never reaches the nervous system, this is why in small quantities, it is harmless to us (although cats are not as lucky, and there might be other animals out there who also have the defect). because of how deadly and indiscriminate it is, i only use permethrin on stuff that i wear, to protect from blood suckers (mainly ticks which are actually dangerous due to the disease they spread), so i find it useful on trousers and such, but general/generous use sounds a bit overkill (not to call it genocide). the other problem is that insects have very quick lifecycles, and we already know permethrin is not 100% effective these days, if we use it too liberally, we risk selecting the "super bugs" and it might not take that long until permethrin becomes useless.
    Good info. While not a repellent, I still feel a slight sense of protection by walking into the woods smelling like a combination of fertilizer plant, petroleum refinery and chemistry lab after an earthquake. No bug could possibly like that. Also smells like an old book in a library which has been checked out twice in the past decade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneClick View Post
    Good info. While not a repellent, I still feel a slight sense of protection by walking into the woods smelling like a combination of fertilizer plant, petroleum refinery and chemistry lab after an earthquake. No bug could possibly like that. Also smells like an old book in a library which has been checked out twice in the past decade.
    I must be an oddball - I LOVE the smell of old books!

    But yes, very good info. I’ve treated my clothes with it a couple of times, but I never thought about it being harmful to my pets. I’ll have to make sure I keep those clothes away from them.

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    Only harmful to cats when wet, from what I understand


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    Yes cat and fish when wet.

    Silly fish, you're already wet. (oh my, time to call it a day)

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    Quote Originally Posted by brutalguyracing View Post
    Only harmful to cats when wet, from what I understand


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    Good to know. I’ve been spraying my clothes and things on the front porch and leaving them there to dry. The 2 cats and dog are indoors, so unless they choose that moment to “escape”...

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