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Insect Shield® Repellent Technology Achieves Significant Growth

REI, Cocoon and Eagles Nest Outfitters to Launch New Insect Shield® Gear. Outdoor Research, Original Buff, RailRiders, Outback Trading, Roonwear, and Cocoon to Launch new Insect Shield® Apparel.

SEATTLE, WA – Buzz Off Insect Shield, LLC, was granted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration of its insect-repellent apparel in 2003—the first-ever EPA-registered insect-repellent clothing. Since then, Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel has become a significant component of the outdoor industry, sold through leading brands such as L. L. Bean, Orvis, ExOfficio, Tilley and Ariat. A number of additional brands have signed on to incorporate Insect Shield® technology into their 2009 apparel/accessory assortments such as Outdoor Research, Original Buff, RailRiders, Roonwear, Outback Trading and Cocoon. For spring 2009, the technology is also expanding to include a variety of new Insect Shield® Repellent Gear product categories, such as insect-repellent shelters, hammocks and travel accessories.

In the Spring of 2009 REI will offer two Insect Shield tents, the REI Bug Hut Pro 1- and 2-person models to protect campers from annoying and potentially dangerous insects. Eagles Nest Outfitters is unveiling Insect Shield Single and Double Nest repellent hammocks. Cocoon, known for their sleep gear and accessories for travelers, is launching an extensive Insect Shield collection, including travel covers and an assortment of protective travel accessories.

The odorless insect protection provided by Insect Shield Repellent Gear lasts through six months of constant exposure to weathering (sun/rain) and is proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas. The active ingredient is permethrin, a human-made version of a natural insect repellent found in certain chrysanthemum plants, such as the African daisy. Permethrin has been successfully used in the United States since 1977, with an excellent safety record. Insect Shield’s EPA registration does not restrict use of the products. Any Insect Shield item can be worn/used by infants, children of all ages, and women who are pregnant or nursing. Using Insect Shield products reduces the need for topical repellents.

“Buzz Off Insect Shield’s growth into gear product arenas, such as camping and travel accessories, is consistent with the overall goal of expanding our innovative technology into diverse new markets in order to offer more widespread protection against insects,” says Rick Hemmerling, Buzz Off Insect Shield VP of business development. “We are honored to be working with such innovative brands to bring Insect Shield gear products to market.”

About Insect Shield Technology:
In July 2003, Buzz Off Insect Shield, LLC, introduced the first EPA-registered insect-repellent apparel. Insect Shield® Repellent Apparel technology provides effective, invisible and odorless protection against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) through 70 launderings. Insect Shield apparel categories include outdoor, golf, hunting, fishing, and equestrian. The Insect Shield® Repellent Gear technology is proven to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and fleas through six months of constant exposure to weathering (sun/rain) Insect Shield gear products categories include camping, patio, beach, pet, and equestrian. Insect Shield technology has the potential to be an important tool in the battle against insect-borne diseases and improve the health of people worldwide. In partnership with a number of agencies and international relief organizations, the Insect Shield technology is being used for apparel and other items that people use daily to aid in protection against insects. For more information visit

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