With this, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lal-lo headed by Mayor Florante “Anteng” C. Pascual, through the Municipal Nutrition Council (MNC) chaired by Br. Maria Conception Abbang, works again for its new program, “FIGHT DENGUE WITH CITRONELLA PLANT” (FCP).
This is realized through the active participation of the Rural Improvement Club (RIC) headed by Board Member Maria Olivia B. Pascual, and Barangay Bagumbayan whereby all supplies of the needed citronella are sourced.
This program is purposed to prevent dengue in the locality while providing livelihood to the members of the RIC.
How FCP Program works:
The proponents are planting Citronella plant in every school, every barangay and every home including the vacant lots in Lal-lo. Barangay Bagumbayan is the only barangay which has produced enough supply of this kind of plant, and thus it is where all other barangays, homes and schools buy their own.
What is a Citronella Plant?
CITRONELLA is also known as “mosquito plant”. It is a citrus scented plant that repels mosquitoes. It is best when leaves are cut and crushed to produce the smell. This is the scent used for oils and candles.
Unlike other varieties of pesticides, citronella not does kill mosquitos rather it repels them and other pests, reducing the number of mosquitos that land nearby. Researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario studied the effectiveness of citronella by using candles with a three percent concentration of the oil. The citronella candles effectively reduced mosquito landings by 42 percent, according to their study published in the National Institute of Health library.
Citronella works by masking scents that are attractive to insects namely carbon dioxide and lactic acid in humans according to the NPIC.
Citronella as a source of livelihood:
With its anti-mosquito characteristics, the leaves can be processed as citronella oil which has very good market potential for organic products like oil, scent for soaps and massage oil.
Oil of citronella is an all-natural insect and animal repellent made from the distilled oils of different varieties of grass, according to the National Pesticide Information Center. The main components in the oil are citronellol, citronellal and geraniol. Although those components may seem unpronounceable and thus a bit scary, citronella has actually been approved for use as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration and has been used in many foods and drinks as a flavoring agent for more than 50 years. It has been labeled as a low risk pesticide by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
One benefit of using citronella as mosquito repellent is that it is safe and non-toxic to humans and animals (and even the insects). Although some people can have mild allergic reactions to the oil, even ingesting citronella will not affect humans. It is simply broken down and passed out of the body through urine.#
By Raquel T. Fronda
Link source: https://bmolivepascual.wordpress.com/2014/11/25/lgu-lal-lo-launches-fight-dengue-with-citronella-plant/