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Journal of Textiles
Volume 2014, Article ID 673619, 10 pages
Research Article

Absolute and Relative Activity of Microencapsulated Natural Essential Oils against the Larvae of Carpet Beetle Anthrenus flavipies (LeConte)

1Textile Chemical and Colour Department, Wool Research Association, Thane 400607, India
2Department of Fibres and Textile Processing Technology, I.C.T., Mumbai 400019, India

Received 18 July 2014; Accepted 19 October 2014; Published 12 November 2014

Academic Editor: Phillip W. Gibson

Copyright © 2014 Jayant Udakhe et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study focuses on finding natural ecofriendly alternatives to the existing commercial Anthrenus flavipies resist chemicals. Eucalyptus, lavender, and citronella microcapsules were explored as natural alternatives. Chemical contents of microcapsules and fragrance releasing property were tested using gas chromatography. Absolute (proofing) and relative (repellent) activities of microcapsule treated fabrics were tested against the larvae of carpet beetle Anthrenus flavipies (LeConte). Proofing activity test results revealed that natural essential oils act as a deterrent for Anthrenus flavipies, but give lesser protection compared to commercial chemical permethrin. Repellency test results also affirmed these findings and it was observed that Anthrenus flavipies prefers to eat untreated fabric compared to its treated counterpart.