A New Insect RepellentMissy Henriksen
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Scientists have isolated and extracted a compound from
nootkatone that may be a safer alternative to current repellent ingredients. Use of
this compound was considered too expensive until a method of
synthetic production was just recently discovered.
Nootkatone is effective against a broad spectrum of pests
including mosquitoes, bed bugs, lice and ticks. It not only repels
these insects, it also kills them. This discovery may lead to
insect repellents containing nootkatone in the near future.