It’s not summer yet, but mosquitoes are already out . . . to get you!
So, it’s maybe not the method of all cats use to not get mosquito bites, but something to know about that is a healthy way to keep them off you this year.
Catnip! Yes, catnip — which mysteriously creates euphoria in cats, is an effective insect repellent, according to Iowa State University scientists.
In experiments at their Ames, Iowa, laboratory, the scientists found that nepetalactone, which gives catnip its odor, was found to be 10 times more effective than the popular insect repellent diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET). Also, DEET is a harsh chemical found in many repellents that some users find causes rashes, swelling and eye irritation.
So, use the herb as a safe bug-fighter.
Buy a spray whose label lists catnip oil or nepetalactone.
Or, make your own by shaking 6 drops of catnip oil in 3 ounces of water.
Happy mosquito season!
PS BONUS! It’s also found to repel cockroaches.
PPS SIDEAFFECTS may include wanting to roll around on it on the floor in great euphoric glee saying “scratch my tummy!”