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August 29, 2019 30 min

Episode Summary:

Dr. Dan describes the best science-based methods to repel those pesky mosquitos.

Topics discussed are as follows:

  • Synthetically derived insect repellents 
  • Naturally derived insect repellents
  • Factors that attract or repel mosquitos
  • Summary and future outlook

  • Episode References:

  • See here for a nice review of insect repellents:
  • Effectiveness of DEET:
  • DEET is absorbed through the skin:
  • Premature death of red blood cells using DEET:
  • Icaridin is effective at controlling malaria outbreaks:
  • PMD is a effective insect repellent:
  • Citronella isn’t effective at repelling mosquitos:
  • 2-nonanal attracts mosquitos:
  • Sweat attracts mosquitos:
  • Alcohol consumption and mosquito attraction:
  • Eating bananas attracts mosquitos:

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