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Its Malaria Season folks. This instructable will show you how to protect yourself against insects and arthropods using the DOD Chemical Protective system. Protect yourself against threats like malaria and West Nile Virus and avoid those ichy mosquito bites.
This instructable is for treatment of ACU/BDU/DCU/ABU. But outdoor civilian clothing can be treated with civilian Permethrin (only difference is concentration). Make sure you wear long sleeves and pants for system to be effective.

Note: Contents of this Instructable can be found freely on line.

The system uses Permethrin treated clothing as well as DEET applied to the skin. This two punch system is effective against a wide assortment of bugs that can be a vector for disease. Also by proper wear of clothing can reduce exposed skin from mosquitoes and areas where ticks can crawl up.
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Step 1: Gather your Materials

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You will need:
Permethrin clothing treatment. (Preventive Medicine will give you these kits, Civilians can get spray cans at Camping Stores.)
The spray on stuff will last like 4 to 6 weeks.
The liquid packet stuff will last 1 year. (52 washes or life of uniform)

Deet (also known as bug Spray)
Applied as needed directly on skin. Don't use around tents or plastics because it can melt certain synthetic plastics.

Uniform for treatment
Water (if necessary for your kit)

Step 2: Using Permathrin Clothing Treatment

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Using the Permethrin clothing treatment
Follow directions on your kit. Permethrin is supposed to be safe but my kit contains gloves and more hazardous chemical warnings than actual instructions.

Go ahead and use the bathroom, smoke a cigarette, eat a light meal, blow your nose etc. We will be working with hazardous chemicals and you need about 3 hours set aside, you cant use the bathroom or eat/smoke without decontaminating yourself first.

Protective measures: Gloves and Eye Wear.

Wash Clothing if dirty.

Open packet and lay out materals. Don Protective gloves and glasses.

My kit says to roll coat tightly and tie with included string.

Add water to ziplock bag and contents of little vial.
Add coat, shake and store for 3 hours.

Repeat for pants.
My mum swears by her daily vitamin B-1 pill (usual mg of usual supplement); she's been taking it for years and says it keeps all the biters at bay on its own....(Just wish I could remember to take ANY vitamin regularly enough to assure ANY outcome...!) :-)
B-1 ? Not B-12 ???? Most people use B-12--works for me !!!!
i used to work in a forest where the mozzies were terrible. an American friend suggested we try an oil called Neutrogena .It was based on sesame seed oil and it was better than Deet .We used it as a healthy alternative to Aerogard etc cos we were in the forest for 6 to 8 hours at a time . Since then i have used a combination of pure cooking sesame seed oil ti tree oil . you just have to experiment with the ratios but the dominant flavour was always sesame oil
Esmagamus6 years ago
Is that uniform British?
thematthatter (author)  Esmagamus6 years ago
its US Army.
Right... I forgot the British camo has more brown. In fact, it's just like the Portuguese camo.
bgugi6 years ago
if you use a spray, be careful who you use it around, some of us are allergic
texabyte6 years ago
ur diet will effect how much you get eaten by small bloodsucking insects i have learned that dill, sour, and half sour pickles repel them and bananas attract them
thematthatter (author)  texabyte6 years ago
i forgot to mention that perfumes found in deodorants, soaps, fancy shampoo, aftershave can attract them as well. nothing is worse when your camping in the summertime and hearing that high pitch whine of the mosquito
=SMART=6 years ago
nice , might try this if i can get the chemicals, bloody hate insects