Source: On Health Daily Briefings
It turns out that catnip not only gets your cat loopy, it's
also repels cockroaches more effectively than commercial
A new study conducted by researchers at Iowa State
University in Ames found catnip worked 100 times better
than DEET, the main chemical component in commercial bug repellents. The discovery, presented this week at the
American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans, could
lead to nontoxic methods for bug control. That possibility
excites researchers who say asthma among children,
particularly children living in urban areas, is rising due
to reactions to roach excrement.
The Iowa researchers tested the catnip by placing
cockroaches in a cage containing treated and untreated
paper. They measured how much time the cockroach spent on each side. So far, researchers have only tested the catnip on small, brown, German cockroaches; they've yet to test it on the thumb-sized, American cockroaches.
Researchers are also looking at nontoxic repellents for
Researchers also say chemicals found in the hedge apple, an inedible softball-sized fruit also called an Osage orange,
keep cockroaches at bay.
Ann's NOTE: A friend tells me that just as cats love catnip, so do mice. She suggests that this could be a problem in some locations.
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