Insect Repellants








There are around a dozen healthy oils that can be used as insect repellants. That is good news for those of us who don’t want to apply chemicals.

Catnip oil contains the compound, nepetalatone, which was found to be 10 times more effective than the popular repellent, DEET. Cajeput oil is a good addition to insect repellants.

Citronella oil mixed with Virginia cedarwood oil, has been a popular remedy against mosquito attacks since before the appearance of DDT and other modern insecticides.

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Mosquito

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Neem oil use has helped with the mosquito. Mosquito-borne diseases can cause much human suffering. According to the American Mosquito Control Organization more than one million people die each year from mosquito-borne diseases. The mosquito can carry diseases such as St. Louis encephalitis, West Nile encephalitis, malaria, yellow fever, dengue haemorrhagic fever, and LaCrosse encephalitis. In dogs, heartworm is a mosquito-borne disease, while the Eastern equine encephalitis can be transmitted to horses by mosquitoes. Neem oil is an effective repellant and has none of the drawbacks of DEET.

A neem based insect repellant or a cream with at least 2% neem oil should be applied to the exposed skin and reapplied after heavy perspiration.

Neem oil and purified fractions of neem can also be sprayed on areas of mosquitoes preventing larvae from maturing, causing the mosquito to lay fewer eggs or the eggs to fail to hatch.

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Lifecycle of the Mosquito

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Other oils that can be used as insect repellants are Juniper berry oil, Patchouli oil, Clove bud oil (mosquito), Atlas Cedarwood oil, Thuja oil, and Rosemary Oil.

Oils in alphabetical order are:

• Atlas Cedarwood
• Cajeput oil
• Catnip
• Citronella
• Clove Bud
• Juniper Berry
• Neem
• Patchouli
• Rosemary
• Thuja
• Virginia Cedarwood
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To make a safer repellant spray using catnip follow the recipe below.

• In a hand-held spray bottle, mix 1/4-1/2 teaspoonful (1.25 to 2.5 ml) of essential oil of catnip (Nepeta cataria), 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol, and 1 cup of water.

• Shake well and then spray lightly on clothing, arms, and legs, being careful to avoid eyes or open cuts.

• Do not use on the skin of small children. (apply to their clothing instead)

• Some persons may be sensitive to catnip oil.

• Keep the contents of the spray away from children and pets.

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Day-Biting Fly, Thought to Carry the Disease Loa Loa Filariasis

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