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Catnip Repels Mosquitoes? Yup. New Study Provides Additional Evidence!

catnip2Yet another study has found further evidence that catnip and silvervine (and similar plants) may protect against mosquitoes. As icky as some repellants smell, I’d rather rub catnip on myself. Ha! Of course, I’m sure processing catnip would result in a much more effective & useful application. But still, fingers crossed that one of the companies making non-toxic pest repellants decides to make use of this info.

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  • Uenoyama, R., Miyazaki, T., Hurst, J.L.,  Beynon, R.J. Adachi, M., Murooka, T., Onoda, I. Miyazawa, Y.,  Katayama, R., Yamashita, T. Kaneko, S. Nishikawa, T. and Miyazaki, M.. “The characteristic response of domestic cats to plant iridoids allows them to gain chemical defense against mosquitoes”. ScienceAdvances. Biochemistry. 20 January 2021. 22 January 2021. https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/4/eabd9135
  • Wu, Katherine J.. “Your cat isn’t just getting High off catnip” New York Times. Science. 20 January 2021. 22 January 2021. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/20/science/catnip-mosquito-repellent.html



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