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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: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29410208
  • Effectiveness of DEET: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12097535
  • DEET is absorbed through the skin: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3625951
  • Premature death of red blood cells using DEET: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30880218
  • Icaridin is effective at controlling malaria outbreaks: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28339462
  • PMD is a effective insect repellent: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17067054
  • Citronella isn’t effective at repelling mosquitos: https://academic.oup.com/jinsectscience/article/17/1/24/2996380
  • 2-nonanal attracts mosquitos: https://www.pnas.org/content/106/44/18803
  • Sweat 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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