How do the oils work to repel insects?
Spice plants get their strong odors from their chemical
structure: They consist of small molecules that evaporate easily.
Their chemical structure also allows spice extracts to easily penetrate cell
membranes in places like the brains of bugs.
By blocking or over-stimulating these molecules or their receptors, essential oils cause insects to become hyper or fly away.
People, pets and other animals don't have the same messenger molecules in their brains, making extracts that harm insects safe for us. Scientists are now eyeing these brain processes as targets for synthetic pesticides.
"Some of these essential oils have really outstanding repellency," said Joel Coats, an entomologist and toxicologist at Iowa State University in Ames. "If we can understand how they work at a biochemical level, we may be able to use them more readily, and that's a really important step right now."
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