Pyrethrin – What is it and how does it kill mosquitoes?

 How do pyrethrins kill mosquitoes?

Pyrethrins are natural insecticides produced from dried chrysanthemum blooms.   Pyrethrins will penetrate the nervous system of insects of insects, such as fleas, ticks, ants and mosquitoes.  Small doses of pyrethrins are very effective against many insects and, because human nervous systems are different, are safe when used around people.

You may not realize it but you probably already have been using pyrethrin products.  It is safe enough that it is used in pet shampoos to kill fleas and ticks and, since it controls a broad range of insects, you’ll see it as the active ingredient for many of the products you might currently be using to control fire ants and crickets.

Applying a light spray in shady areas where mosquitoes land, such as in bushes, mulch or under decks can greatly reduce their population.  The residual will typically last a month or so, killing insects that pass through it or land on it.

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