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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 repellentsFactors that attract or repel mosquitosSummary and future outlookEpisode References:See here for a nice review of insect repellents: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29410208Effectiveness of DEET: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12097535DEET is absorbed through the skin: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3625951Premature death of red blood cells using DEET: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30880218Icaridin is effective at controlling malaria outbreaks: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28339462PMD is a effective insect repellent: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17067054Citronella isn’t effective at repelling mosquitos: https://academic.oup.com/jinsectscience/article/17/1/24/29963802-nonanal attracts mosquitos: https://www.pnas.org/content/106/44/18803Sweat attracts mosquitos: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/5799038/Alcohol consumption and mosquito attraction: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12083361/Eating bananas attracts mosquitos: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6315685/
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