Catnip Chemical Repels Mosquitos, Attracts Cats

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Written by Kerre Ann Willsher, PhD Nepetalactone, a chemical in Catnip (nepeta cataria), a species of mint, has been found to be a very effective mosquito repellant (American Chemical Society. & ScienceDaily, 2001; Le Page, 2021).  This is good news as some species of mosquito are developing resistance to DEET which is the most widely used repellant worldwide. Insect repellant is an important adjunct to current tools such as insecticide-treated bed nets in the prevention … Continued