Permethrin should never be applied to skin; use as directed on the product label. Permethrin is safe for pets when your clothes have dried, but NOT when wet for cats or small dogs. Learn more about protecting your pets from tick bites.
Protect Your Skin
Add another layer of protection by applying a repellent on your skin to protect you for several hours outdoors. Choose a repellent with picaridin, DEET, IR3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. See EWG.org for more information on choosing a repellent.
What is DEET?
DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is the active ingredient in many of the repellent products available today. It is often used to keep pests like mosquitos and ticks from biting adults and children. DEET does not kill the bugs, but instead makes it harder for pests to smell us. Check out the EPA for additional information on DEET and its uses. Always read and follow all instructions disclosed on the product label.
Protect Your Kids
Parents and caregivers should apply this product directly on to their children’s skin, avoiding the hands, eyes, and mouth, using repellents with a DEET concentration no higher than 30%. For detailed information about using DEET on children, see recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for information about Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks, & Other Arthropods.
Find out ways to protect family and visitors in your yard by preventing ticks from living there on the Create a Tick-Free Yard page.