Phyto-compounds and mosquito control
It is commonly accepted that Benzene and the products of its metabolism can be toxic to humans. As to the extent and what the acceptable levels of exposures are, more research is needed. However, when dealing with human or vertebrate toxicity, I would argue that is it safer to err on the side of caution. As to toxicity to mosquitos (and vertebrates) I would not venture to state that ALL plant based molecules with benzene rings can be toxic as not all have actually been discovered let alone tested.
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Plant releases of an array of volatile chemical substances into the environment, that are known to play important functions, such as attracting pollinators, thermal tolerance of photosynthesis, and defense against herbivores. Several plant compounds have been identified as responsible for host plant location by foraging mosquitoes. The following are the major class of plant volatiles identified that attracts mosquito.
Natural mosquito attractive plant compounds
Hexanal, limonene, (Z)-and (E)-linalool oxide, β-pinene, (Z)-and (E)-β-ocimene, and (E)-β-farnesene, Phenylethyl alcohol, phenylacetaldehyde, lilac aldehydes, (Z)-3-hexenyl acetate, linalool oxide, linalool, benzaldehyde, lilac alcohol, acetophenone, methyl salicylate and hexanal, 1-hexenol, Z-3-Hexen-1-ol, monoterpene (cyclic & bicyclic), Phenylacetaldehyde, benzaldehyde and (E)-2-nonenal.
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