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    Default Could Catnip Become The New Insect Repellent?

    Northwestern University
    March 4 2021

    New collaborative research from Northwestern University and Lund University may have people heading to their backyard instead of the store at the outset of this year's mosquito season.
    Often used as an additive for cat toys and treats due to its euphoric and hallucinogenic effects on cats, catnip has also long been known for its powerful repellent action on insects, mosquitoes in particular. Recent research shows catnip compounds to be at least as effective as synthetic insect repellents such as DEET.


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    Default Re: Could Catnip Become The New Insect Repellent?

    It wouldn't be so bad to find oneself covered with cats.

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    Default Re: Could Catnip Become The New Insect Repellent?

    I hate insects, so I'd still use insecticides to kill them all and not just mosquito. Eek!

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    Default Re: Could Catnip Become The New Insect Repellent?

    Wait, now. There's a difference between killing and repelling. All you want to do is keep mosquitoes away from you!
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    Default Re: Could Catnip Become The New Insect Repellent?

    I want them all killed, all of them, ants, roaches, any bugs that invades my house. No exceptions. sorry.

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    Default Re: Could Catnip Become The New Insect Repellent?

    Bandsaiud, in your house, OK. But outside? Only a tiny percentage of insects bite or sting, and there are far more beneficial insects than harmful ones. I think I remember you posting that you have a garden, maybe growing vegetables? So many of the insects you see are doing good things in your garden, killing off the ones that eat your crops. I think if you researched 'beneficial insects' you would find out how useful they are.

    I have several paper wasp nests under the eaves, and I see them everywhere. I leave them alone, as I know what a good job they do in my garden. I have only been stung once, when I accidentally disturbed a nest - otherwise they leave me alone.

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    Default Re: Could Catnip Become The New Insect Repellent?

    Oh, sorry, what I meant was those pesky insects that invades my home. Not including butterflies ( well I kinda hate caterpillars), dragonflies, bettles, ladybugs etc. that lives in my garden. Though one exception, I hate preying mantis, they scare the hell out of me. So I spray it until it dies when I see one. Of course insects that destroys my crops are a No No too.

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