Atis (Anona squamosa) leaves as Mosquito Repellent
The shocking increase of dengue incidents year after year is a concern of our local health department and the society. Studies show that most incidents affect children and adolescent people. Commercially, there are various products of mosquito repellents readily available for consumers but most of them are highly made from chemicals that are damaging to the skin and are expensive, making it less accessible to most people. This study aims to determine the effect of the said mosquito killer (atis leaves). Especially it will answer the following questions:
1. Does the said mosquito repellent (atis leaves) cheaper than the commercial ones?
2. Will this mosquito repellent (atis leaves) be effective in repelling mosquitos? Atis (Anona squamosa), a tropical plant that usually grows spontaneously in the Philippines, aside from bearing fruits of white, sweet, soft, juicy and mild agreeable flavored flesh, also yields leaves where government health researchers found extracts for the formulation of aneffective anti-mosquito repellant.It is not only against dengue, in fact, but against all mosquito-borne diseases like malaria and filariasis especially in areas of the country where incidence is high. It also serves as a personal care product used in preventingmosquito bites that cause itchiness, inflammation and discomfort to individuals. The repellent uses washable, oil – based formulation and it'sbiodegrable since, it is derived from advantage against other well knownrepellents which are chemical based in formulation. The atis (Anona squamosa) leaves, as well as its fruit, have been foundbeneficial to human use and needs. Studies conducted by big institutionssuch as the Department of Science and Technology and by the PhilippineCouncil for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) shows that the atisplant has components that are potent in repelling mosquitos. Infact, atisserves a lot of purposes to human...