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Parasitology Research

, Volume 95, Issue 5, pp 363–365 | Cite as

Extract of the seeds of the plant Vitex agnus castus proven to be highly efficacious as a repellent against ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and biting flies

  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
  • Günter Schmahl
  • Jürgen Schmidt
Short Communication

Abstract

About 70 plant extracts were tested for their ability to repel the attacks of blood-sucking arthropods. It was found that a CO2 extract of the seeds of the Mediterranean plant Vitex agnus castus (monk’s pepper) can be used as a spray to keep away especially Ixodes ricinus and Rhipicephalus sanguineus ticks from animals and humans for at least 6 h. In addition mosquitoes, biting flies and fleas are also repelled for about 6 h.

Keywords

Garlic Extract Babesiosis Mediterranean Plant Ehrlichiosis Protection Period 
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© Springer-Verlag 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
    • 1
    Email author
  • Günter Schmahl
    • 1
  • Jürgen Schmidt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cytology, Zoomorphology and ParasitologyHeinrich-Heine-University DüsseldorfGermany

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