Catnip Repels Mosquitoes More Effectively Than DEET

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    • #82588
      Corvette
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        Field expedient mosquito repellant – Catnip

        “Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic odor, is about ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET — the compound used in most commercial insect repellents.”

        http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/08/010828075659.htm

      • #82589
        Joe (G.W.N.S.)
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          Will have to check this out and evaluate the costs compared to DEET based products.

          Can’t help but get this image of being followed by a group of Cats out of my mind though! :yes:

          Thanks for the information.

        • #82590
          Corvette
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            Yes I thought the same thing about the cat groupies. But in a SHTF situation it may be a handy herb to distill for use in locations that are bad for mossies and the diseases they can carry. In northern Australia we have to worry about malaria and all the way down the east coast of Australia we get Ross River Fever which can have debilitating effects for years. Then there is another condition that mossies spread that leads to a form of encephalitis of the brain.

          • #82591
            Corvette
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            • #82592
              Andrew
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                Wonder if it attracts bobcats or pumas?

              • #82593
                Corvette
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                  Some big cats also like catnip but not all of them

                • #82594
                  Andrew
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                    The catnip mix seems like it may have possibilities. Down in the Rio Grande Valley mosquitoes at timeswere horrendous on the river. They would suck blood through jeans. The humidity would wash OFF off of you just with sweat in about 15 minutes, but the smell of OFF could compromise your lay in spot.

                    I worried more about occasional inquisitive skunks checking out my position than the skeeters. Disease wasn’t an issue except from ticks.

                  • #82595
                    HiDesertRat
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                      http://screenshot.net/0980oa5

                      Maybe catnip isn’t such a good idea after all.

                    • #82596
                      HiDesertRat
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                      • #82597
                        Corvette
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                          Nice pic!

                          Did he know his selfie was showing the cat, or was it a surprise afterwards when he checked his pics?

                        • #82598
                          Corvette
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                          • #82599
                            Corvette
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                            • #82600
                              Corvette
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                                Because kittens….

                              • #82601
                                HiDesertRat
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                                  It was a selfie it seems, and I hope for his sake he knew… or perhaps all they found was his phone. Whose to say? Courtesy of the ‘Wirecutter’.

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