Nongprue residents urged to grow lemongrass to fight mozzies

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Nongprue residents are taught the benefits of lemongrass in repelling mosquitos.
Nongprue residents are taught the benefits of lemongrass in repelling mosquitos.

Nongprue residents were taught the benefits of lemongrass in repelling mosquitos as the sub-district intensifies its fight against dengue fever.

Deputy Mayor Suwat Rachathawattanakul hosted the July 31 seminar with Thai traditional medicine specialist Suchada Sridamrong of Nongpungkae Health Promotion Hospital and resident Thawanrath Yodnil.

Lemongrass long has been used as a natural insect repellent, particularly in combatting mosquitos, which carry the viruses responsible for dengue, Japanese encephalitis, malaria, elephantiasis and Zika.

The plant, native to Asia, contains citronella oil, which puts off a strong fragrance repulsive to bugs. The so-called “mosquito grass” can grow up to two meters tall and can be grown in planters that can be moved to various rooms.