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First new insect repellent approved in 11 years smells like grapefruit
by Akshay Syal

NBC News    Translate This Article
11 August 2020

On 11 August 2020 NBC News reported: A new type of insect repellent will be making its way to drugstore shelves -- and it smells like grapefruit. On Monday [10 August], the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had approved a new ingredient, called nootkatone, that repels and kills mosquitoes and ticks. The naturally occurring ingredient -- which is responsible for the characteristic scent of grapefruit -- was discovered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and developed into an insecticide. It's also found in Alaska yellow cedar trees ... Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of health, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Studies have shown that nootkatone may work as well as other insect repellents, such as DEET. Protection from insect bites is expected to last several hours with nootkatone, the EPA noted.

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