Mini review: Herbal mosquito repellent formulation for textiles using herbal extracts
Mosquitoes are small, midge like flies that constitute the family Culicidae. Which transmit extremely harmful diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile Virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus and other arboviruses rendering it the deadliest animal family in the world. Many medicinal herbs and essential oil has been reported to have many pharmacological activities, one of which is their property to repel the mosquitoes. Essential oils are volatile mixtures of hydrocarbons with a diversity of functional groups, and their repellent activity has been linked to the presence of mono - terpenes and sesquiterpenes. A mosquito repellent is a substance applied to skin, clothing, or other surfaces which discourages mosquitoes from landing on that surface. Herbal repellents are cost effective, easily available and low toxic as compared to synthetic repellents.
Keywords: Repellent, mosquito repellent, essential oil, Vector-borne disease.
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