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Use catnip oil to repel mosquitoes

February 17, 2014

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edited by Joanne Henning Tedesco —  Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET — the compound used in most commercial insect repellents. The finding was reported in August 2001 at the national meeting of the […]

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Home remedies for insect bites

December 18, 2012

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by Dr. Jennifer Burns —  With the arrival of summer and the monsoon season come the bugs and the occasional unpleasant encounter they bring. Even if you think you have taken all the necessary precautions — bug lights, fly paper, outdoor bug repellent with DEET — there likely will be an unavoidable bite that causes […]

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