Catnip grows into a floppy mound three feet tall and wide, but the plants do not send out runners like other mints tend to do. The leaves are covered with soft hairs that contain the volatile oils that give catnip its distinctive scent. If you are working in your garden and start getting too much attention from flies, mosquitoes, and other biting bugs, grab a handful of leaves and rub them on your exposed skin. For a short time, you should enjoy relief comparable to what you might get with DEET, the strongest personal chemical #pesticide you can bu #catnip #catmint #floraandfauna https://www.growveg.com/guides/the-benefits-of-growing-catnip-catmint/
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Often used as an additive for cat toys and treats due to its euphoric and hallucinogenic effects on cats, catnip has also long been known for its powerful repellent action on insects, mosquitoes in particular. Recent research shows catnip compounds to be at least as effective as synthetic insect repellents such as DEET. But until now, the mechanism that triggered insects' aversion to this common member of the mint family was unknown. In a paper to be published March 4 in the journal Current Biology, a team of researchers from Northwestern and Lund universities report finding the underlying receptors that contribute to the mosquitoes' aversive reaction. "Catnip and its active ingredient, Nepetalactone, have been used for millennia to ward off insect pests, at least since the time of Pliny the Elder," said Marcus C. Stensmyr, associate professor at Lund University and co-corresponding author. "But why Catnip is so potent on such a broad range of insect species has remained unknown." #catnip #floraandfauna https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210304145425.htm
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Often used as an additive for cat toys and treats due to its euphoric and hallucinogenic effects on cats, catnip has also long been known for its powerful repellent action on insects, mosquitoes in particular. Recent research shows catnip compounds to be at least as effective as synthetic insect repellents such as DEET. But until now, the mechanism that triggered insects' aversion to this common member of the mint family was unknown. In a paper to be published March 4 in the journal Current Biology, a team of researchers from Northwestern and Lund universities report finding the underlying receptors that contribute to the mosquitoes' aversive reaction. "Catnip and its active ingredient, Nepetalactone, have been used for millennia to ward off insect pests, at least since the time of Pliny the Elder," said Marcus C. Stensmyr, associate professor at Lund University and co-corresponding author. "But why Catnip is so potent on such a broad range of insect species has remained unknown." #catnip #floraandfauna https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210304145425.htm
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