Geraniol, A Safe Outdoor Mosquito Repeller Can be Used with Mosquito Traps
Question about Using Geraniol as a Mosquito Repellant and with Mosquito Traps.
Q: "We entertain outdoors and want to keep the mosquitos away from our guests. I've been told that geraniol is a safe option to yard sprays or applying Deet to exposed skin. What is it? How do you use it to keep mosquitos away?, etc. I see you sell wristbands, pillar candles and bucket candles. How do you combine these products with a mosquito trap?" Thanks. Sara
Answer: Geraniol is a safe option to Deet and insect sprays. It is a natural essential oil, a â€œgreenâ€ product that uses oil extracted from plants such as lemon grass that have a natural ability to protect themselves against feeding insects. There is no known toxicity to the environment. Jerry Butler from the University of Florida, in Gainesville developed this insect repellent after 15 years of tests on more than 3,900 compounds. Geraniol protects people and pets against everything from mosquitoes and ticks to tiny â€œno-see-ums.â€ It was tested to be more than 400% more effective than citronella.
Among the pleasant smelling geraniol options are:
- Geraniol wristbands that use geraniol imbedded in plastic bracelets you can loop around wrist, ankle or bell or place out of reach of a baby on a stroller
- Geraniol bucket candles. Each weighs just over a pound, is in a silver colored and burns for about 50 hours.
- Geraniol pillar candles. Each 3 inch by 3 inch pillar candle weighs about 11 ounces and burns for about 36 hours.
Candles may also be burned inside. Do remember the dangers of leaving candles burning unattended.
Thanks for your question. Enjoy a summer with fewer bug bites. For those that get past, try an Itchsoother.