Diseases caused by mosquitoes and diseases brought by mosquitoes have increased in recent years across the country. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say scientists have found a new natural ingredient that repels and kills bite bugs.
“Insect resistance, of course, is a problem that we need to tackle consistently,” explained Dr. Kristy Murray. “And so, when we use different things and they become less and less effective, we have to come up with new ways to do it. And that’s something that helps us do it.”
Nootkatone is a naturally occurring substance found in cedar trees and grapefruit skin.
Responsible is responsible for the smell and taste of grapefruit and is currently used to make aromas.
Research shows that they can protect against bites as well as products that are currently available.
Diseases spread by mosquitoes and ticks, including West Nile Virus and Lyme disease, are a growing threat to health.
Experts are particularly concerned this year with so many of us spending more time outdoors due to the pandemic.
“We are moving all our events outside. And people are being more active outside, and as they will have more exposure to mosquitoes, they will have more exposure to ticks,”; said Dr. Murray. “And so there are a lot of things we have to do to prepare people and help protect them as well.
Dr. Murray, who is with Baylor College Of Medicine, said to prevent the bite, choose an insect registered with the EPA.
Also, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and do not sprinkle the counter under clothes.
If you need to apply sunscreen and insect repellent, experts recommend applying sunscreen and insect repellent first.