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Table 3 Plants commonly used to repel houseflies and insects in Budondo Subcounty, Uganda

From: Ethnobotanical survey of plants used as repellents against housefly, Musca domestica L. (Diptera: Muscidae) in Budondo Subcounty, Jinja District, Uganda

Plant family Scientific name English name Vernacular name (Lusoga) Voucher number Part(s) used Life form Frequency Percent Mode of application
Verbenaceae Lantana camara L. Tickberry Kapanga BK01 Leaf Shrub 60 16.1 Burn fresh leaves that have been stored in shade for 2 days to generate smoke.
Myrtaceae Eucalyptus globulus Labill. Eucalyptus Kalitusi BK08 Leaf Tree 41 11.0 Burn fresh leaves after keeping in shade for one night to generate smoke.
Cupressaceae Cupressus sempervirens L. Italian cypress Krismasi turi, Cedero BK03 Leaf and stem Tree 63 16.9 Burning dry (dried in shade for a week) or fresh leaves and stem bark to generate smoke.
Fresh leaves are placed in areas where flies are numerous or hanged in the roof and walls of latrines and house to repel the flies
Caricaceae Carica papaya L. Pawpaw Omupapali BK05 Young stem Tree 32 8.6 Either place or crush fresh young stem in a container to collect the extract/sap and apply on the skin or exposed parts of the body and udder of cows.
Burn fresh leaves that have been kept in shade for 2 days to generate the smoke.
Lamiaceae Ocimum kilimandscharicum Güerke Camphor basil plant   BK07 Leaf and stem Herb 3 0.8 Burn either fresh, dry (leaves dried under shade for a week), or a mixture of fresh and dry leaves to generate smoke in a house or latrine.
Lamiaceae Mentha × piperita L. Peppermint Omujaja BK02 Leaf, stem, and root Shrub 9 2.4 Smash fresh leaves/stem/roots, boil to obtain aqueous extract which is sprayed inside the house, or burn fresh leaves, stem, and roots to generate smoke.
Meliaceae Azadirachta indica A. Juss Neem tree (Eg) Akarimu BK06 Flower, leaf, stem, and root Tree 8 2.2 Burn either fresh, dry, or a mixture of fresh and dry flowers, leaves, stem, and roots to generate smoke or crushing fresh leaves/stem/roots, boil to obtain extract and apply it on the skin/exposed parts of the body.
Poaceae Cymbopogon citratus (de Candolle) Stapf Lemon grass (Eg) Kyayi subi BK04 Leaf and stem Herb 16 4.3 Burning fresh leaves and stem to generate smoke.
  1. Information on ethnobotanical plant uses was collected through the interviews with the respondents. The plant parts used, life form, and the modes of preparation and administration were also recorded