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The secret behind new insect repellent's potent punch is found in grapefruit
by Alex Fox
Smithsonian Magazine Translate This Article
13 August 2020
On 13 August 2020 Smithsonian Magazine reported:
A citrusy smelling oil found in cedar trees and grapefruits repels and kills ticks, mosquitoes, and a wide variety of other pests, reports Donald G. McNeil Jr. of the New York Times. The naturally occurring chemical, called nootkatone, is responsible for the distinctive odor and taste of grapefruit, and it's widely used in the fragrance and food industries. A statement from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Monday [10 August] that the agency has approved the substance and considers it non-toxic to people and animals.
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