Mosquitoes, be gone!

Two teens find an extract from common seeds can kill mosquito larvae and also may repel the biting adult insects

By Sid Perkins, 15:53 PM May 27, 2014

LOS ANGELES — Extracts from the seeds of a common plant can kill mosquito larvae, report two teen researchers. Smoke from a candle made with wax that includes the extracts also repels adult mosquitoes. The natural chemicals therefore show promise as an alternative to synthetic pesticides, the young scientists say.

The teens reported their findings here last week, at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or Intel ISEF. The competition was created by Society for Science & the Pub...

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