Tick and mosquito-borne diseases have been on the rise in recent years across the country. Currently, Center for Disease Control and Prevention said scientists have found a new natural ingredient that works to repel and kill stink bugs.
“Of course, resistance to pesticides is an issue that we have to constantly address,” explains Dr. Kristy Murray. “And so as we use different things and they are less and less effective, we need to come up with new ways to do so. And this is what helps us do it. ”
Nootkatone is a natural substance found in cedar trees and grapefruit peels.
It is responsible for the smell and taste of grapefruit and is currently used in perfumery.
Research shows it can protect from bites as well as existing products.
Diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks, including West Nile Virus and Lyme disease, are a growing threat to health.
Experts are particularly concerned that this year many of us will be spending more time outdoors because of the pandemic.
“We are moving all of our events outside. And the more people are being active outdoors and the more they will be exposed to the mosquitoes, the more they will be exposed to ticks, ”Dr Murray said. “And so there are a lot of things we need to do to prepare people and help protect them.
To prevent bites, choose an EPA-registered insect repellent, said Dr. Murray, from Baylor College of Medicine.
Also, wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants and do not spray waterproof repellent under the clothes.
If you need to apply sunscreen and insect repellent, experts recommend applying sunscreen first and insect repellent second.