Pinenut and grapefruit peel included in a new drug that repels ticks and mosquitoes

Pinenut and grapefruit peel included in a new drug

As you know, mosquitoes and ticks are the carriers of dangerous infectious diseases. The number of these diseases has increased significantly in recent years. To protect humans from viral pathogens transmitted that way, the scientists have managed to identify a special natural component that can help. It is a pinenut and grapefruit peel, in combination they are able to scare off blood-sucking insects.

The compound that is supposed to be used in the fight against the mosquitoes and ticks is 'nootkatone'. The mosquitoes and ticks can transmit malaria, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and other dangerous diseases.

In recent years, insects have acquired resistance to pesticides and drugs that are used to reduce their population. Significant resistance has been found to dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, commonly known as DDT. Dr. Christy Murray from Baylor College of Medicine believes that observed pesticide resistance is recognized as an urgent problem.

The period of the pandemic brought a number of public events to the streets from premises and offices, and that increased the risk of insect bites and the risk of contracting these infections. Outdoor human activity has created increased mosquito activity.

Doctors warn abou it and recommend to apply repellents to open skin areasto and wear long-sleeved shirts, ankle-length pants to reduce the likelihood of bites. At the same time, the researchers were able to find that nootkatone that is able to repel insects, is a natural compound found in pinenut and grapefruit skin.

The new compound is approved for the creation of a drug against tick and mosquito. It was found to be safe when applied to the skin. The drug is an oily composition.

At the same time, the scientists believe that it can be added to different cosmetic and food products. It is not toxic to the outside world, but it is effective against a certain group of blood-sucking insects.