The Original Bug Shirt Company

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The insect proof clothing manufactured by The Original Bug Shirt Company is designed to protect against the biting insects so common to North America, the Tropics and most of the rest of the world.

The loose fitting design and specialized materials used in the construction of all our protective clothing, not only prevent mosquito bites, and protect the wearer from black flies, no-see-ums, deer flies, horse flies and ticks, but can also reduce the risk of contracting the diseases these pests can carry, like Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus and Malaria.

Made in CANADA. Shipped around the world!

In your yard or on the other side of the earth, enjoy being outside during the biting insect season, whether you are camping, hiking, generally having fun (or even working!) without having to use DEET or other insect repellents.

Where The Original Bug Shirt touches your skin we use light weight but extremely densely woven fabric, not normally used in clothing.  This is what stops the mosquitoes from being able to bite you.  Where the shirt hangs away from your skin we use black no-see-um mesh – this keeps out all manner of tiny biters, lets the air through, and provides excellent visibility through the face screen.

We are in the business of not only protecting your skin, but also protecting your health.
Click here for more information about diseases you may need protection from while traveling.
Click here for one woman’s story about her life with Lyme disease, her eventual diagnosis and the road back to life, as well as a tremendous amount of information and resources to help with prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

Elite sandstone lots of bugs

While it does not repel mosquitoes, our durable outdoor clothing does provide an effective insect shield; a physical barrier between the wearer and the bugs.  And it reduces the need for reliance on chemical repellents.

We do not manufacture insect repellent clothing.  We do make insect protective clothing.  It won’t drive them away, but it will prevent them from making a meal out of you!

All this, and our products can also be classified as UV protective clothing, since they  act as an effective sunscreen against UVA and UVB rays.  They are cool to wear. The Original Bug Shirt, Pants, Gaiters and Hood are designed and made in Canada (where mosquitoes and biting flies are a national menace) with the highest quality protective fabric and workmanship.

 

Since making the first prototypes in the summer of 1989 – just for our own protection – and then starting the company in 1991 following the urgings of our friends and neighbours, there has been an explosion of similar looking, but inferior, products on the market.  We pride ourselves on the quality and effectiveness of our products, and offer money back guarantees.  We know that happy customers spread the word about our excellent products far better than we can.  And while a significant number of those copy-cat products are no longer around, we plan on being in business for a long time to come.

Thank you to all our customers who have helped keep us in business.  We are in the fortunate position of selling a quality product that prevents mosquito bites, is an effective insect shield, and generally makes people’s lives more enjoyable.  A definite win/win situation.

In one amazing story, an Elite Edition Original Bug Shirt possibly helped in saving a life.  Click here to read about it and see the pictures.

In your yard or on the other side of the earth, enjoy being outside during the biting insect season, whether you are camping, hiking, generally having fun (or even working!) without having to use DEET or other insect repellents.

  Place your order and see product prices by clicking here

 

For a list of retail stores that may carry the Original Bug Shirt
or the Elite Edition Original Bug Shirt go to:

US Stores    Canadian Stores    International Stores