Whether you’re heading out for a game drive, taking a hike or simply braaing in the backyard, make sure you’re wearing clothing that’s guaranteed to keep bugs and bacteria at bay. We’re giving Wild readers the chance to win 1 of 5 adult Dust Gear shirts. Here’s how to enter.

Photo by Jonathan Forage.

Time spent in the great outdoors makes for great memories, but it does bring you closer to biting insects such as mosquitoes and midges. With the weather warming up, critters of all kinds are getting more active. What’s the solution?

Dust Gear makes shirts and T-shirts that are durable and comfortable, with an odourless HHL Vital Protection technology that keeps bugs away. The synthetic repellent is added during the dye process to ensure it’s infused deep within the fabric and can withstand an average of 70 launderings.

How it works

Its active ingredient is permethrin, a safe and highly-effective synthetic chemical that mimics natural properties put out by certain flowers (such as the chrysanthemum) to repel mosquitoes and other biting insects, according to Dust Gear.

Photo courtesy of Dust Gear.

Bugs that encounter the odourless ingredient steer clear, since they detect a threat to their nervous system – so you can venture out into nature knowing you’re better protected from bug bites and mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria, Dengue fever or West Nile virus.

Photo by Colman Byrne.

The brand says its clothing is “independently tested” to ensure it’s safe for everyone, including children and babies, and the environment.

To learn more about the technology and shop the full range of clothing, visit Dust Gear’s website.

Win your own Dust Gear

We’re giving away adult (male and female) Dust Gear shirts to five lucky Wild readers.

Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan.

Here’s how to enter:

Simply send an email with your answer to [email protected] (subject line: Dust Gear) before 8 November 2019. Remember to include your full names, daytime delivery address, and contact details. Wild will randomly select the winners. The winners will be notified via email.

Question: What is the active ingredient in Dust Gear clothing that repels insects?

Winners: Miles Corbett, Vanessa Fisher, Marc Leroy, Mona Mouton, Gert Olivier