SHOO BUGS!! is our all natural and toxic free alternative to pesticides. I designed Shoo Bugs because I suffer from MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities), which was brought on by herbicide/pesticide poisoning. I love its lemony smell! Buggies hate it…which is great for us! SHOO BUGS!! is also available in lotion and lotion stick.
In research conducted at Iowa State University, catnip was 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than the compound used in most commercial bug repellents. The finding was reported today at the 222nd national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Chicago.
Chris Peterson and Joel Coats studied the effect of nepetalactone on mosquitoes. Nepetalactone is an essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its odor. In past studies, the researchers had found that catnip oils could repel cockroaches. Peterson recently left a post-doctoral research position at Iowa State and is now working as an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service in Starkville, Miss. Coats is the chair of ISU's Department of Entomology.
Peterson said it took about a tenth as much nepetalactone to have the same repellency as DEET. "In other words, nepetalactone is about 10 times more effective than DEET," he said. "Most commercial insect repellents contain about 5 to 25 percent DEET. Presumably, much less catnip oil would be needed to achieve the same repellency as a DEET-based repellent."
Why catnip repels mosquitoes remains a mystery. "It might simply be an irritant," said Peterson, "or they just don't like the smell."
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Directions: Spray once on area you want to protect and spread around. OR Spray into hand and apply to areas you want to protect. You do not have to apply on every inch of your skin. The protection comes from the smell.