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CDC Recommends Using Lemon Eucalyptus Oil For Biting Insects

CDC Recommends Using Lemon Eucalyptus Oil For Biting Insects

We all know that summer is here and in Florida we did not have a winter at all. Along with hot humid temperatures come mosquitoes and other biting insects. In the past, we used to cover ourselves with a chemical call DEET to help ward off biting insects but DEET does have a lot of negative press that does scare people away from using any products with DEET on the label. DEET is used to repel biting insects by making the insects unable to smell us, this is done by applying this chemical directly to our skin. DEET does not kill the insect, it just masks our odor that draws the insect to us.


In several articles that were posted not long ago the National Pesticide Information Center stated that the CDC is recommending that the use of lemon eucalyptus oil is as effective as DEET. But first the CDC does state that you must avoid mosquito bites and that by using repellents according to the label is the best way to optimize your safety. The CDC does list repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus, DEET, picaridin and IR3535 as the most effective products to use.

What is oil of lemon eucalyptus?

This product also goes by the name p-menthane 3,8-idol or PMD. Oil of lemon eucalyptus is a plant based extract from the very tall lemon eucalyptus tree which is also called Corymbia Citriodora that grows about 164 feet tall in the tropical northeastern part of Australian. What is nice about the product besides being an all-natural product is that it provides very similar protection as DEET products.

The p-menthane 3,8-diol (PMD) oil is a synthetic version with the pesticide properties which is used instead of the toxic DEET repellents. In 2000 the EPA did register the oil of lemon eucalyptus or PMD as a bio pesticide repellent. These lotions of sprays can be applied to human skin and clothing for repelling biting insects such as mosquitoes.

Other reported benefits of lemon eucalyptus oil.

Some reports state that this oil can help with arthritis, cold sores, coughing, fever, flu, sinusitis, and poor circulation. Besides this oil helping with these conditions it is also reported that when applied to the skin it may help treating muscle spasms, toenail fungus, and other joint pain relief. When applied as a chest rub it may help with chest congestion.

The EPA has showed that PMD had no adverse effects on humans except for eye irritation. There have been some rare reports of skin irritations like with other herbal oil use. I highly suggest doing a small skin patch test first to make sure that you do not have any side effects or allergic reactions.


Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Vitamin B1 For Repelling Mosquitoes

Vitamin B1 For Repelling Mosquitoes

Here it is in the 90’s already in Central Florida and the mosquitoes are already getting out of control and summer has not begun yet. Since I do a lot of work outside my body is full of mosquito bites and open sores from scratching the bites in my sleep.

I just recently read some articles about taking vitamin B1 during mosquito season to ward off the female mosquito’s that are the biters in the mosquito family. Many of you readers I am sure are going to say that taking vitamin B1 is not going to work to keep mosquitoes away, that is fine but I don’t have anything to lose if it does not work for me.

I have been in the pest control industry for twenty plus years and I know that there are thousands different kind of chemicals on the market for this industry but if I can keep from having to spray chemicals like DEET or some other kind of synthetic man-made chemical that is not safe for the human body. With vitamin B1 at least you will not be applying unnatural chemicals to your body. If vitamin B1 does not keep mosquito’s away then your body will just excrete the vitamin when you go to the bathroom. Unfortunately there is a considerable amount of skin cancer in my family but fortunately for me I have not had any skin cancer show up on my body and I want to keep it that way, this is one the reason’s that I do not want put apply DEET to my body and would rather try something like vitamin B1.

What is in B1 that helps?

Thiamine is a vitamin, also called vitamin B1. Vitamin B1 is found in many foods including yeast, cereal grains, beans, nuts, and meat. A study back in the 1960s indicated that taking vitamin B1 (thiamine) may be effective in discouraging mosquitoes from biting. However, studies since then have been inconclusive. The theory is, taking more vitamin B1 than your body requires causes the excess to be excreted through your urine, skin, and sweat. Vitamin B1 produces a skin odor that female mosquitoes seem to find offensive.

I have read articles around the web that state ” The authors of a June 2005 review article published in the “Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association” reported that of the scientific studies performed testing B vitamins as repellents, none found them to have significant repellent ability against mosquitoes. In addition, the American Mosquito Control Association asserts that systemic vitamin repellents, in general, do not work. Vitamin B1 delivered as a skin patch has also been tested and did not repel mosquitoes, according an February 2013 study report published in “Acta Tropica.” .”

Then there are us common people that do not believe everything they read on the internet. I am going to play Ginny pig and try the vitamin B1 experiment and I will report back later on whether it worked for me or I wasted $3.59 on a bottle of vitamins.

I would love to hear from you if vitamin B1 has worked for you or not.

 

Posted by Tom in Lifestyle
Homemade Mosquito Repellent That Works

Homemade Mosquito Repellent That Works

Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipe

Here in Florida families are outside all year long. We want to enjoy the beauty of the lovely weather that Florida offers. There is an enemy that we all battle and some of us battle more than others and that is the disease carrying mosquito. The worst thing for me is that I love the outdoors and my body is a mosquito magnet, if there is a mosquito within 25 miles I am sure that it will find me and suck my blood.

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Posted by Tom in gardening, Homestead, Recipes