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Is Lemongrass the Most Effective Mosquito Repellent?

Lemongrass, a common ingredient used either in dining or as an ambient scent used in recreational spa and lifestyle activities, are also often to perceived as a pest control solution alternative for mosquitoes.

Is lemongrass the most effective mosquito repellent? Some would say that mosquitoes simply dislike the smell of lemongrass. Some research has it that lemongrass contains citronella oil and musk scents that attract mosquitoes such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid found in humans.  

In other words, by applying repellent with citronella oil ingredients, it blocks the scents being sensed by mosquitoes.  This makes it harder for mosquitoes to locate you. Research has shown that citronella helps to reduce mosquito landing around 40%.

It is important to highlight that these natural repellents provide some form of repellent against mosquitoes; however the active ingredient dosage level is not adequate to serve as a mosquito control solution.  Besides providing limited protection against adult mosquitoes, undiluted essential oil is hazardous to health and safety. It may burn your skin when comes into contact with, due to its high citral content. Some individuals might be also sensitive and result in allergies, skin irritation or rashes.

As our standard of living enhances, our needs and concerns on safe, natural alternatives are also increasing. Rentokil designs a complete mosquito protection that enhances safety, such as utilizing water-based fogging to eliminate adult mosquitoes, or water-based misting, a form of fumigation solution to eliminate air-borne pests within inaccessible areas such as cracks and crevices. Due to its small particle size nature (around 25 microns), it has a thorough penetration and contains low toxicity level, and not posing any harmful health effects to the public.

There is also an environmentally-friendly mosquito larval control, with the application of BTI to manage breeding sources such as stagnant water surfaces, slow flowing water surfaces or stagnant water collections including concrete-lined drains, tunnel, swamps, ground puddles and depressions.

Controlling mosquito population can be challenging, as they can travel from location to location, and should breeding sources are not controlled, the reproduction of these larvae and pupae will drive higher adult mosquito population. Find out where are the common breeding sources and what steps can be taken to eliminate them.

The most effective mosquito repellent for your family’s protection is to adopt a full integrated mosquito program to safeguard from risks and dangers arising from mosquito’s infestation such as Dengue Fever and Zika. Drop us a quick online form today.

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