Field evaluation of New Mountain Sandalwood Mosquito Sticks® and New Mountain Sandalwood Botanical Repellent against mosquitoes in north Queensland, Australia

Scott A. Ritchie, Craig R. Williams, Brian L. Montgomery

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The mosquito repellent efficacy of New Mountain Sandalwood Mosquito Sticks (containing 0.5% w/w essential oils) and New Mountain Sandalwood Botanical Repellent (containing soybean and geranium oils) was assessed. Tests were conducted in the field with 4 volunteers in a wooded area near Cairns, North Queensland, Australia. Predominant biting species were Verrallina funerea and Ve. lineata. A pair of burning Mosquito Sticks immediately upwind of the subject (acting as an area repellent) provided a 73.1% mean reduction in mosquito landing and probing over the 3-h test period. The Botanical Repellent and a DEET-based control were both 100% effective in preventing mosquito probing for 3 h. These data are consistent with other studies of area repellents in that such products provide significant protection from mosquito bites, albeit inferior to the protection provided by topically applied repellents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-160
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Mosquito Control Association
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Australia
  • Botanical
  • Mosquito sticks
  • Mosquitoes
  • Repellent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Insect Science

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