Geraniol is a monoterpenic alcohol, being a common constituent of several essential oils from fruits, vegetables and aromatic plants (e.g., rose oil, palmarosa oil, citronella and lavender oil).

It presents itself as a repellent of natural origin, which allows to control and repel mosquitoes, house flies, cattle flies (or stables), cockroaches, fire ants, fleas and ticks.

The repelling action of Geraniol, with regard to mosquitoes, appears to be associated with its ability to affect some phases of eating behavior, namely the activation phase and orientation towards the search for a blood meal.


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