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Mosquito Pest

June 21, 2014

Mosquito Pests
The FDA approved oil of lemon eucalyptus as a
DEET mosquito repellent equivalent in order to control mosquitoes and,
conceivably, the West Nile virus. Essential oils tested against many species of
mosquitoes have been found to be effective deterrents to landing and biting
on humans and animals. Once stung by a mosquito or other insect, oil of
Lavandula angustifolia eases the itch of the bite. There are many commercial
avenues to pursue in this discussion of essential oils and synthetic chemical
mosquito deterrents found in common over-the-counter and household
products. The global impact of illness due to malaria is significant but is less
injurious now that mosquito nets have been provided to those at risk. The
Global Fund, which received a half-billion dollar grant from the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation, has undertaken a program distributing pesticide impregnated
mosquito nets in Africa, in conjunction with the Global
Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations program. The Gates Foundation
Malaria Forum to control malaria could include programs that create local
agricultural production of the essential oil of the lemon eucalyptus with its
active ingredient, p-methane-3,8-diol, which wards off the mosquito pest to
benefit local health and local market share (Carroll, 2006).

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