There is good news for those of us who continue to endure the mosquito menace without any reprieve.The zoology department of Bharathiar University has come up with a herbal-based mosquito coil to keep insects at bay without harming human beings.
K Murugan, a professor in the department who steered the research, said that the coil which is made of neem, thulasi, and other Indian plants can ward off mosquitoes without causing any harm to humans or others. Each coil can burn for about six hours at a stretch. The coils have been tested in some villages and their effectiveness has been established, he says.
The department has been conducting research pertaining to the development of herbal products to detract mosquitoes for the last few years. This is a result of their efforts all these years. G James Pitchai, vice chancellor of the university said that only after doing a detailed study of the project, they take it to the market.
Murugan says that they developed the coil based on several herbal products which are commonly used. He developed the product with the support of some of his students and under the guidance of the head of the department, K Sasikala. "For instance, ground drumstick seed, powdered and mixed with water is a good repellant. Similarly, neem oil is also very efficient in keeping away the mosquitoes," he said.
India has one of the largest herbal bio-diversity in the world. Several plant based materials which are eco-friendly can be developed from these, he said. They are now working together to come up with nano-insecticides and other products to counter the menace of mosquitoes.