Insect Repellents: Effect of Mosquito and Repellent-related Factors on Protection Time

Authors: Khan, A. A.; Maibach, Howard I.; Skidmore, Derek L.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 68, Number 1, February 1975 , pp. 43-45(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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The effect of factors like mosquito size and vigor, nutritional state, different mosquito batches from the same population, mosquito density, and repellent dose on the protection time of repellents was studied. The size and vigor of mosquitoes did not affect protection time. Mosquitoes recently gorged on sugar water took significantly longer to bite through repellent than starved ones. The protection times of repellents with different batches from the same mosquito population were similar but varied significantly with different populations. Mosquito density affected the protection time significantly. Repellents failed sooner in high density cages. Regarding the effect of repellent dose on protection time, higher dosages gave less variable results than lower dosages.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1975

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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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