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Why BugsAway Clothing?

BugsAway® apparel with Insect Shield® technology is a revolutionary tool to aid you in the battle against insects that can carry insect-borne diseases. With odorless and invisible insect protection, the only way to tell it’s there is that the bugs aren’t biting. The built-in insect repellent Permethrin provides a carefree outdoor experience, letting you focus on your adventure, not the bugs.

Field Tested

Insect-borne diseases are increasing around the world as the population grows and more areas become urbanized. Even in cities, protection against insect bites is more important than ever.

Breez’r Shirt

“I purchased this shirt for tropical travel to keep those biting insects away. It works. When out with others who do not have BugsAway clothing, I am the only one who doesn't have insects all over her back.”

Men’s Ziwa
Convertible Pants

“Excellent tick protection! I use these for outdoor work and have been very pleased with the nearly 100% tick protection. Before finding these pants I had to spray my clothes with harsh chemicals daily to keep ticks and chiggers off.”

Women’s Ziwa Convertible Pants

“Lightweight, versatile, and effective. Wore them in the Adirondacks during mosquito and black fly season and wasn't bothered by either (for once!).”

Types of Insect Repellents

About BugsAway Clothing
with Insect Shield®

  • Odorless

  • Built-in insect protection

  • Family protection

  • Durable, no reapplication needed

  • Stays in your clothes, not on your skin

  • Easy care

About Traditional Topical Repellents

  • Strong scent

  • Washes off

  • Reapply every few hours



  • Must be carried in bag


Insect-borne diseases are increasing around the world as the population grows and more areas become urbanized. Even in cities, protection against insect bites is more important than ever. Insect Shield technology is proven to work against many types of biting pests, including those that carry disease.








  • Many species bite more in early morning and at dusk, some seek prey all night, while others are more active during the day
  • Avoid cloudy conditions and moist, shady spots sheltered from wind
  • Can bite through ordinary thin fabrics
  • Flourish in moist, relatively warm surroundings


  • Malaria is one of the world’s leading causes of death
  • West Nile virus
  • Yellow Fever
  • Dengue
  • Encephalitis
  • Filariasis
  • Zika virus


  • There are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes around the world
  • Only female mosquitoes bite, because they need blood to reproduce
  • Mosquitoes find hosts by sight (they observe movement); by detecting infra-red radiation emitted by warm bodies; and by chemical signals (attracted to carbon dioxide and lactic acid) at distances of 25-35 meters


  • Require high humidity to survive
  • Typically live in wooded, brushy, grassy and shaded areas, often where fallen leaves have accumulated
  • Usually most active in early spring and through the summer months, but can survive year-round, and even be active on warm winter days
  • Ticks do not fly or jump; the host must come into actual contact with the tick


  • Lyme Disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Tularemia
  • STARI (Southern tick-associated rash illness)
  • Usually, a tick must be attached for several hours for disease to be transmitted


  • There are approximately 850 species of ticks around the world
  • Some species of ticks can survive for years without feeding
  • Exhaled carbon dioxide, heat and movement stimulate “questing” behavior in ticks
  • Ticks in the nymphal stage can be so small that they appear almost invisible to the naked eye–yet they can still bite and spread disease


  • Common in tropical and temperate regions around the world, with the largest populations found in rainforests
  • Some species bite, and fire ants sting, which causes a severe burning sensation
  • Four species of fire ants live in the United States
  • One fire ant can sting repeatedly


  • The sting causes a white pustule to appear after 24-48 hours
  • Fire ant stings can occasionally cause severe symptoms ranging from chest pains, nausea and dizziness to shock, and in rare cases, coma


  • There are more than 4,500 scientifically categorized species of ants, and it’s estimated that over 10,000 additional species exist


  • They live everywhere on Earth, except at the North and South Poles
  • Many types of flies bite people and animals, including sandflies and black flies
  • Sandflies are widespread in tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world
  • Most active at night, but will bite during the day if disturbed
  • Black flies are found all over the world and are also called buffalo gnats, turkey gnats, or white socks
  • Feed during daylight hours only and tend to zero in on areas of thinner skin, such as the nape of the neck or ears and ankles


  • Sandfly fever
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Onchocerciasis (River blindness / Robles disease)


  • The only insect with just one set of wings
  • Includes gnats, midges, mosquitoes and numerous other species
  • It is estimated that there are more than one million species of flies in existence


  • Bites are most likely to occur in late spring and summer
  • It takes about four days for a chigger to finish feeding on a human host
  • A chigger bite causes a red welt with a white, hard center that itches intensely
  • Usually attach to people where clothing is tight over their skin, particularly around the waist, or where flesh is wrinkled or thin such as in the groin area, bend of elbows and behind knees, in armpits or on ankles


  • In eastern and southeastern Asia and India, northern Australia and some Pacific islands, chiggers can transmit scrub typhus also known as tropical typhus or Tsutsugamushi disease
  • Scrub typhus occurs most frequently during rainy seasons in regions with scrubby vegetation and grass, but also shows up in desert, rain forest and sandy beach areas
  • Chiggers in the United States transmit no diseases


  • Chigger bites are caused by mite larvae
  • Usually red in color, the larvae are very tiny, and most cannot be seen with the naked eye


  • Biting activity occurs most frequently at dawn and dusk, but some species feed during the day
  • Midges live almost everywhere in the world, typically in coastal areas, swamps and marshy regions
  • Often attack in large numbers
  • Bites may cause skin irritation and itching, which can be severe


  • Rarely associated with the spread of disease to people


  • One of the most miniature species of flies
  • In the United States, they are often referred to as no-see-ums
  • In Australia they are called sandflies, though they are not a true sandfly


  • Hot, wet weather is conducive for flea egg-laying, but hot, dry conditions encourage adult fleas to be active
  • Found worldwide
  • Often attack in large numbers
  • Bites may cause skin irritation and itching, which can be severe


  • Plague
  • Typhus
  • Tularemia


  • More than 2,000 identified species of fleas
  • Both male and female adult fleas suck blood
  • A flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to 13 inches, making the flea one of the best jumpers of all known animals


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.

Longer Lifespan

The repellency of Insect Shield is EPA registered to last through 70 launderings, the average life expectancy of a garment as listed by the International Fabricare Institute.


The Insect Shield process is designed to prevent loss of the active ingredient Permethrin outside the system, and once applied, it is so tightly bound to fabric fibers that garments retain full effective repellency through 70 launderings.


BugsAway apparel with Insect Shield offers protection that is invisible, odorless and as easy as putting on your clothes. It has no unpleasant smell or feel. It can be washed and dried just like a normal garment (just don’t dry clean it, as this removes the treatment).

Home Care

Normal home laundering is recommended. BugsAway products can be bleached, starched, pressed, etc., without effect on the repellent quality; however, they should never be dry cleaned because that removes the treatment.

From Somewhere to Nowhere

The BugsAway collection includes shirts, pants, hats, socks, and a bandana to keep you covered and protected from head to toe. In addition to insects, nearly all of our BugsAway products are UPF rated to protect from the sun’s rays.


These technical, high performance pieces are designed to go anywhere and do just about anything. They offer the best combination of features, such as roll-up tab sleeves, UPF protection, ventilation and more which make them the ideal choice when you can’t escape what nature throws at you.


These styles offer the best combination of versatility and functionality to go anywhere and do anything. These garments are functional enough for the trail yet fashionable and comfortable enough for globetrotting, car camping or an evening out.


Classic styling paired with built-in repellent means you don’t have to double pack. Simply pick an outfit and you are prepared for anything, from a stroll through a park, to dinner out on the veranda. Add BugsAway pieces to any outfit for instant insect protection.