I got this from WOmsn’a Day Magazine….
“Mosquitoes are put off by this cat-pleasing herb. A 2001 Iowa State University study found that nepetalactone (an essential oil in catnip) was 10 times as effective as DEET, but had none of DEET’s harmful effects. Researchers are unsure why catnip works. “One theory is that it acts as an irritant,” says former Iowa State entomologist Chris Peterson, Ph.D., now a research entomologist with the USDA Forest Service. He says it only takes about one-tenth as much nepetalactone as DEET to have the same effect.”
ATo read more on home remedies like this one, click on: Natural_Remedies.doc (34k file)