Garlic as an Mosquito
Garlic not only tastes
great in italian food, it also happens to be one of the newest
and most potent weapons in Long Island's perennial war against
mosquitoes. But you don't need to buy your own garlic press--it's
already available as products called Mosquito Barrier or Garlic
Barrier (Martha Stewart also has a brand at Kmart Stores). In
a report prepared by Garlic Research Labs in Glendale, California,
tests performed in eleven states found a garlic juice product
to be 94% effective at repelling mosquitoes from sprayed areas.
Though it is referred to as a "repellent," garlic is
not meant as a personal repellent that is applied to the body.
Instead it functions by repelling mosquitoes (and certain other
insects) from yards where vegetation around the perimeter of the
yard has been sprayed with the garlic juice. The principle behind
how Garlic Barrier works, is that many insects, including mosquitoes,
have very strong olfactory senses and they react negatively to
(or are repelled away from) strong smells. The same concept is
at play with products such as hot pepper wax which has become
one of the most popular organic methods of keeping insects off
house and garden plants. Homeowners, report that the garlic smell
is noticeable for from several hours, up to as long as two days.
However, the insects are able to detect it, and it continues to
be effective, for two to four weeks.
Garlic Barrier was
voluntarily registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) as a pesticide, although due to a change in registration
rules, garlic enjoys an exemption from EPA registration requirements
as one of twenty-nine pesticidal minimum risk, food-based products.
For this reason, Mosquito Barrier is not registered with EPA.
Municipalities on Long Island are not using garlic to repel mosquitoes
from parks or schools. Meanwhile, municipalities in Connecticut
and Texas have reported great success fighting mosquitoes with