GREENSBORO, N.C., July 30, 2003 -- For the first time ever, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has registered insect-repellent apparel as a defense in the battle against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects. BUZZ OFF™ Insect Shield Insect Repellant Apparel, produced using a patent-pending process, received the agency’s approval in July. BUZZ OFF™ clothing will soon be available to consumers nationwide.
“This is an exciting breakthrough in personal insect protection,” says Haynes Griffin, chairman and CEO of BUZZ OFF Insect Shield, LLC, the company that developed the new technology. “BUZZ OFF clothing will be a tremendous benefit to anyone seeking relief from biting insects. This clothing provides a new defense against the nuisance of insects such as mosquitoes and ticks, which may carry diseases like West Nile virus and Lyme disease.”
The BUZZ OFF process tightly binds the active ingredient to the garment, creating an invisible and odorless protection for the wearer. The only way the consumer can tell that the clothing is insect repellent is that it keeps bugs from biting.
“The BUZZ OFF EPA registration is the most significant development in insect protection in over 50 years,” says entomologist and parasitologist Dr. Jim Ahrens. “It is a whole new way of protecting people against mosquitoes, ticks and other insects that are annoying at best, but also potentially life-threatening. Because the repellent is built into the apparel rather than applied directly to the skin, BUZZ OFF provides a convenient vehicle to protect us from the insects that plague and pester us.”
The active ingredient used in the BUZZ OFF process is permethrin, a man-made version of a repellent that occurs naturally in chrysanthemums. Permethrin is not effective when applied directly to the skin, because it deactivates and dissipates quickly.
“One of the secrets of the BUZZ OFF process is its ability to bind this effective repellent to everyday clothing,” explains Richard Lane, company president and inventor of the BUZZ OFF Insect Shield process. “This creates an insect-repellent garment that is both effective and long lasting.”
The invention of BUZZ OFF apparel comes at a time when U.S. health professionals and consumers are increasingly concerned about insect-borne diseases such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease. Consumers are also cautious about over-using traditional insect repellents, especially those that contain DEET.
The idea for developing insect-repellent clothing was driven by a need to find a protection system that was effective, long lasting and that eliminated the need for repeated application to the skin. After years of research and testing, the company found BUZZ OFF apparel to be highly effective in repelling mosquitoes and ticks. It is similarly effective in repelling ants, flies, chiggers and midges.
"Initially, we expect BUZZ OFF apparel to be popular among outdoor enthusiasts,” says Lane. “However, insect protection is just as important in our neighborhoods and playgrounds, so we expect BUZZ OFF apparel to move quickly from the backwoods to the backyard.”
To introduce BUZZ OFF apparel, the company has partnered with The Orvis Company of Manchester, Vermont and with Ex Officio of Seattle, Washington, both leaders in durable and dependable outdoor clothing.
“We are tremendously excited to be partnering with these highly respected companies for the launch of BUZZ OFF apparel,” says CEO Haynes Griffin. “Both manufacturers have a long and well-recognized tradition of innovation and quality.”
The Orvis and ExOfficio BUZZ OFF lines will include pants, shorts, shirts and socks for both men and women. A limited number of garments will be offered this fall, with BUZZ OFF apparel more widely available by Spring 2004. In addition, Ex Officio will soon announce a line of BUZZ OFF clothing for children.
BUZZ OFF Insect Shield, LLC, introduced the first insect-repellent apparel registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The innovative BUZZ OFF™ patent-pending technology provides effective and convenient protection against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges.
BUZZ OFF Insect Shield, LLC, was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Proceeds to Benefit Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps for Kids
HINGHAM, Mass. (June 16, 2004) - The buzz at Talbots Kids is a new line of insect-repellent clothing flying into select locations this summer. Starting in July, 35 Talbots Kids stores will carry a selection of insect-repellent apparel from Ex Officio, a leader in performance-engineered clothing for outdoor and travel. Registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following extensive testing by military field forces, BUZZ OFFTM Insect Shield Insect Repellent Apparel provides immediate, long-lasting protection from mosquitoes, ticks and other potentially life-threatening insects. This apparel also provides a 30+ UV protection from the sun. Talbots Kids will carry a BUZZ OFF tee shirt in iris, a long-sleeve shirt with a rollup sleeve in a cactus-green check, khaki pants and a sun-bucket hat in avocado - all providing invisible and odorless insect protection. These clothes are great for parents hesitant to use traditional insect sprays on their children. The retail range for these items is $16 (hat) to $48 (pants). The insect repellency remains effective through 25 washings.
Ex Officio and BUZZ OFF are donating all after-tax profits from this children's clothing to the Hole in the Wall Camps. Founded by Paul Newman, these magical nonprofit residential summer camps help children with serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions rediscover the joys of childhood and experience the feeling that, for them, there are no limits. Additionally, Talbots Kids is contributing a dollar for every BUZZ OFF item sold in its Kids stores to The Hole in the Wall Camps.
TALBOTS KIDS - Talbots Kids is a leading specialty retailer of classic sometimes they linke online dating, sometims not, high quality clothing for boys and girls with sizes ranging from newborn to 20. The BUZZ OFF items will be offered in sizes extra small (5/6) to extra large (16) at 35 Talbots Kids stores nationwide. A list of these locations is attached.
BUZZ OFF - BUZZ OFF Insect Shield Insect Repellent Apparel is the only insect-repellent clothing to be registered by the EPA. Through an innovative patent-pending process, a man-made version of a natural insect repellent found in certain chrysanthemums is tightly bound to the fabric fibers of each garment. BUZZ OFF apparel, which repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges, reduces the need for repellent lotions and sprays. Unlike insect repellents that are applied to the skin, the repellent in BUZZ OFF does not have to be applied repeatedly; it does not wash off into shower or stream; and it's not sprayed into the air we breathe. It's an intelligent solution for personal insect protection. BUZZ OFF Insect Shield, LLC, is headquartered in Greensboro, N.C.
BUZZ OFF, Insect ShieldTM and BUZZ OFF Insect Shield Insect Repellent Apparel are trademarks of BUZZ OFF Insect Shield, LLC.
After stain-proof shirts and crease-resistant pants its now turn for insect-repellent clothing.
A leading chain store Orvis dealing in a high-end sporting stores, has started selling shirts, pants, hats and socks treated with the same chemical used in bug spray to ward off pesky mosquitos and disease-carrying ticks.
Sold under the name Buzz Off, the clothing is expected to stave off of Lyme Disease cases, said David Weld, director of the American Lyme Disease Foundation.
Weld expects the number of reported cases this summer to exceed 25,000, up from the 23,763 cases reported in 2002. The actual number of people infected with the disease is probably five-to-ten times greater, since a majority of cases go unreported, he said.
Buzz Off clothing is treated with permethrin, a synthetic version of a natural insect repellant, said Abby Ward, a company spokeswoman, adding that the insecticide should remain active for up to 25 washings.
The Buzz Off clothes typically sell for $10 more than non-treated apparel, Ward continued. A long sleeve repellant shirt costs $69, pants go for $84 and hats for $24, she said.
But do Buzz Off clothes really keep bugs at bay?
Walzer, the editor, said she wore a Buzz Off shirt while gardening near her home in Guilford, on the coast of Connecticut, a usually buggy enclave given its proximity to the water.
"There are times in the summer when it's so buggy it's uncomfortable to be outside," Walzer said. When she wore the Buzz Off shirt, she continued, "the bugs didn't bother me at all."
Based in Manchester, Vt., Orvis sells clothing through its catalog since 1856, with 28 stores operating around the country. Apart from the current range of insect-repellent clothing the company offers outdoor gear, including fly fishing rods, vests and waders, besides traditional items like brief cases, bedspreads and shoes.