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Uninvited guests: Traditional insect repellents in Estonia used against the clothes moth Tineola bisselliella, human flea Pulex irritans and bedbug Cimex lectularius
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Insect Science, ISSN 1536-2442, Vol. 10, 150- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Extensive folklore records from pre-modern Estonia give us an excellent opportunity to study a variety of local plant knowledge and plant use among the peasantry in various parts of the country. One important biocultural domain where plant knowledge has been crucial was in the various methods of combating different ectoparasites that cohabited and coexisted with humans and their domestic animals. Some of these methods were widely known (world-wide, Eurasia, Europe, Baltic Rim), while others were more local. Here we discuss ways of reducing clothes moths Tineola bisselliella (Hummel) (Lepidoptera: Tineidae), human fleas Pulex irritans L. (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) and bedbugs Cimex lectularius L. (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) with the help of plants. Various taxa used as traditional repellents have been identified. The use of plants as repellents and their toxic principles are also discussed from a comparative perspective.

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2010. Vol. 10, 150- p.
Keyword [en]
human-insect relations, ectoparasites, repellents, herbal landscape, biocultural domains, local knowledge, ethnobiology
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Humanities Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-134365ISI: 000282593100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-134365DiVA: diva2:372220
Available from: 2010-11-24 Created: 2010-11-24 Last updated: 2010-11-24Bibliographically approved

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