Buzz Off in the News

Buzz Off in the News

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Want bug protection? Hate bug spray?

Enter: Buzz Off Insect Shield LLC, makers of a bug-eschewing treatment applied to clothing from companies like Ex Officio (

Buzz Off clothing is infused with Permethrin, a man-made form of a natural insect repellent found in the Chrysanthemum plant.

I’m a believer in this stuff, having tested Ex Officio’s Buzz Off line two years back while tromping through a swamp in muggy north-central Minnesota where horse flies swarm like crows.

Read my full review of the Ex Officio digs here:

Buzz Off Insect Shield LLC recently issued a press notice regarding the increased longevity of its formula. Essentially, Buzz Off Insect Shield is now guaranteed to last through 70 clothes washings before its effectiveness wears off.

That’s the news. Used to be 25 washings guaranteed; now it’s 70.

Here’s the full dope on that. Not sure why the EPA is involved, but, yeah, here’s the press release. . .

Buzz Off Insect Shield, LLC, Announces EPA Approval of Revised Durability Claims

SEATTLE, WA—Buzz Off Insect Shield, LLC, announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a sought-after amendment to its insect-repellent clothing registration. This change is based on careful review by the EPA of Buzz Off Insect Shield’s proprietary process and formula, and extensive test data supporting the claim of increased longevity. Buzz Off Insect Shield for apparel is now EPA registered to provide effective insect protection through 70 washings, almost three times the initial claim of 25 washings achieved in July 2003.


Stephen Regenold
Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.