Another way to repel mosquitos - welcome to the dark side

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  1. Mike_E_from_NZ

    Mike_E_from_NZ Junior Member

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    Researchers have found chemicals in body odour that repel mosquitoes. They will not name them until they have patented them. Does this mean we will have to pay royalties to this corporation when we sweat and smell?

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9 ... umans.html
     
  2. Douglas J.E. Barnes

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    It is important to spend time outdoors with the right people. Mosquitoes always found my mother to be more delicious than me, so when I would go for walks with her, I wouldn't get bit. Then, my girlfriend in university offered me the same protection. Now, my wife has filled the role as most palatable person. I'm like a made man. I've got protection! 8)
     
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    I've got the same deal. When my wife is with me I am also protected. Very cool.

    Mike
     
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    Perhaps this chemical in our body odour is more strong/dominant in the male of the species than the female...my partner is a protected man when it come to mosquitoes in my company too.
     
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    I wonder if thats a general finding out there "do mossies prefere Fems over male"?

    Maybe they just smell nicer :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Hi Fran Nice to see your Name up on the board again


    Tezza
     
  6. Franceyne

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    Hey there Tezza,

    I flit in, read stuff and flit out...but this mozzie thread tickled my funny bone.

    I hope you are doing well.

    Cheers,
    Fran.
     
  7. Cornonthecob

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    We had just over six inches of rain in one day last month (this is our dry season)...since then thre has been mozzies everywhere! Friendly liitle buggers...am sure I've met just about all of them!

    :)
     
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    "American beautyberry, (Callicarpa americana)

    Source: University Of Mississippi
    Scientists Confirm Folk Remedy Repels Mosquitoes
    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 091932.htm

    And with warnings about West Nile virus and other insect-borne
    diseases out, keeping the pests away has taken on new urgency.

    "My grandfather would cut branches with the leaves still on them and
    crush the leaves, then he and his brothers would stick the branches
    between the harness and the horse to keep deerflies, horseflies and
    mosquitoes away," said Charles T. Bryson, an ARS botanist in
    Stoneville, Miss. "I was a small child, maybe 7 or 8 years old, when
    he told me about the plant the first time. For almost 40 years, I've
    grabbed a handful of leaves, crushed them and rubbed them on my skin
    with the same results."

    Bryson told his supervisor about the folklore repellent, and in 2004
    the USDA-ARS at the UM natural products research center began
    investigating the beautyberry plant as a potential natural insect
    repellent.

    Charles Cantrell, an ARS chemist in Oxford, and Jerry Klun, an ARS
    entomologist in Beltsville, Md., confirmed that the natural remedy
    wards off biting insects, such as ticks, ants and mosquitoes: "I've
    rubbed the leaves on my arms, and it works," Cantrell said.

    Has anyone grown "American beautyberry, (Callicarpa americana)? please?
     

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