Do citronella candles really work?
As you read this you can already smell that sharp and sweet scent that citronella gives off. You’ve used these candles on your patio, in your backyard, or at your picnic.
They’re not cheap and go for a relatively high price, but you’re willing to pay anything to keep the bites off. They always smell kinda funky, that’s probably why mosquitoes don’t like them, right?
Scientists are now saying that technically, these candles aren’t ‘repelling’ mosquitoes at all.
According to Joseph M. Conlon, technical advisor at the American Mosquito Control Association, these candles aren’t irritating or toxic to mosquitoes at all. Mosquitoes actually don’t mind the scent! All the candles attempt to do is cover up human scents so the mosquitoes can’t detect the presence of a person.
It helps to understand how mosquitoes find you in the first place. They’re able to smell the odors from the chemicals of your skin as well as the carbon dioxide you exhale, then they move in to take their free meal.
Citronella claims to cover up all those human smells, but for that to happen, conditions have to be perfect, and realistically they almost never are.
There’s a wind? Won’t work. Is it humid? Citronella is diluted. Rain? Forget about it.
So what works?
According to the mosquito specialists, oil of lemon-eucalyptus is very effective against mosquitoes as well as ticks. Believe it or not, the oil called ‘Nepeta cataria’ which is actually found in catnip is proven to also provide several hours of repellency.
One doctor by the name of Abraar Karan claims that he has a new repellent that will work better than any other product that’s on the market.