Nootkatone is a repellent for Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus)
We examined the behavior of Formosan subterranean termites toward one of the components of vetiver grass oil, the roots of which manufacture insect repellents. We found nootkatone, a sesquiterpene ketone, isolated from vetiver oil is a strong repellent and toxicant to Formosan subterranean termites. The lowest effective concentration tested was 10 3μg/g substrate. This is the first report of nootkatone being a repellent to insects.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Journal of Chemical Ecology
Zhu, B., Henderson, G., Chen, F., Maistrello, L., & Laine, R. (2001). Nootkatone is a repellent for Formosan subterranean termite (Coptotermes formosanus). Journal of Chemical Ecology, 27 (3), 523-531. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1010301308649