Oil of citronella is a naturally occurring insect and animal repellent distilled from two grass varieties. It is a mixture of many components which vary by grass variety. Some oil of citronella products are applied to animal or human skin, ornamental plants, or other outdoor areas. Oil of citronella is currently on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s list of minimum risk pesticides. However, some products should not be used on children less than six months old unless directed by a doctor. This information is listed on the product label.
- Reregristration Eligibility Decision (RED) Oil of Citronella - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- RED Facts Oil of Citronella - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- Insect Repellent Use and Safety - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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