Mosquito Control Agents Derived From Petroleum Hydrocarbons. I. Laboratory Effectiveness1

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One hundred ten hydrocarbons derived from petroleum were evaluated against the eggs, larvae, and pupae of the southern house mosquito, Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus Say, (=C. fatigans (Wiedemann), and the yellow-fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti (L.) , using 6 different test procedures. Of the test materials, 56 ranged from 2 to 8 times as effective as the no. 2 diesel fuel standard against larvae, 25 produced 100% mortality in C. fatigans pupae when applied at the rate of 5 gallons per acre, 20 exhibited a greater residual effect than the standard, and 25 were faster acting than the control.

The test materials were generally more effective against the aquatic stages of C. p. quinquefasciatus than those of A. aegypti. The 2 test procedures involving the water surface application of oils to containers of larvae and pupae were found to be the most satisfactory for routine evaluation of the materials.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1967

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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