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mosquito control with lemon eucalyptus

 
Amedean Messan
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I read from the links provided that oil of lemon eucalyptus is almost as effective at repelling mosquitoes as DEET.  I wonder if the tree itself planted strategically (especially for ponds used for aquaculture) could control mosquitoes.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/cdc-confirms-lemon-eucalyptus-oil-as-effective-as-deet.php
http://mattermore.org/2011/05/02/cdc-says-lemon-eucalyptus-as-effective-as-deet/

Quote from actual CDC FAQ:

"Oil of lemon eucalyptus [active ingredient: p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD)], a plant- based repellent, is also registered with EPA. In two recent scientific publications, when oil of lemon eucalyptus was tested against mosquitoes found in the US it provided protection similar to repellents with low concentrations of DEET."

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/insect_repellent.htm

Links to publications:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/publications.htm#Repellents

Quick fact video presentation regarding the cycles of mosquitoes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjV0JpIAH78&feature=player_embedded
 
                      
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Stuff works great, I add a bit (~25%) to rubbing alcohol to keep them at bay.

Not sure if just having the tree near water would do much to repel them but you never know.

A sure way to control them is to add Gambusia affinis. They breed like mad and love nothing more than eating mosquitos.

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Amedean Messan
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Thanks a lot, that one is a new one for me.  Where can you buy these fish?
 
                      
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Not sure where you are in the world but they're everywhere (now)...
So go to a local pond or even puddle and you should find some.

Might find someone selling them online...google it.

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North Carolina, USA - sorry, I forget I am talking internationally.
 
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the only mosquito repellent which works really well for us is Aloe vera. you simply slice a leaf and rub the sap on. It works 100% but might stain your clothes.
 
                                    
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I had absolutely no luck with oil of lemon eucalyptus.  While it smells wonderful, and I've grown the plant as an annual many, many summers just because I enjoy having it around, I tried using it as a mosquito repellent and frankly, I think it attracted more of them.

Some things work for some people and not for others.  It may just depend on your body chemistry and also on the species of mosquitoes in your area and at that point in the season.

I know for me, DEET is the only thing that truly works.

 
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