A REVIEW ON MOSQUITO REPELLENT ACTIVITIES OF TULSI
Lirin Mary M. K.*, Nipu Sam P. George and Sreelekshmi K. S.
Mosquitoes are most important and abundant pest in urban, sub-urban and rural environment. Although, chemical control provides quick mortality, resistance of mosquito against the use of insecticide have been widely reported. Moreover, chemical mosquito repellent contains toxic synthetic pyrethroids as active ingredients whose exposure to food and water is hazardous to health. In this study an attempt has been made to develop an eco-friendly mosquito repellent sprayed with essential oil of Tulsi. This formulation is safe, eco-friendly, cheap, easy to use and has maximum repellence against mosquitoes. In addition, this, the mosquito repellent is less harmful to our health than the ones available in the market.
Keywords: Mosquito repellent activity, Tulsi, Eugenol, Aedes aegypti.
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