Field Evaluation of Three Botanical Repellents Against Psorophora ferox, Aedes atlanticus, and Aedes mitchellae

Anastasia Mosquito Control District, St. Augustine, FL 32080, USA.
Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association (Impact Factor: 0.95). 09/2009; 25(3):379-81. DOI: 10.2987/09-5850.1
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Three botanical natural repellents, Swamp Buddy Bug Chaser (AI 12% plant-based essential oils), All Sport (AI plant-based essential oils, benzophenone-3, octinoxate, and octisalate), and Geraniol (AI 25% geraniol oil and lemongrass extract) were evaluated at a field site in Elkton, Florida, to determine the protection time provided against Psorophora ferox, Aedes atlanticus, and Ae. mitchellae. These three products provided different protection times against biting mosquitoes. Geraniol provided the longest protection time from mosquito bites (4 h), followed by All Sport (1.5 h) and Swamp Buddy Bug Chaser (1 h). This study provides the first information about botanical insect repellents against these floodwater mosquito species.

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    • "However, there is limited published literature on these species regarding body size and its relationship to blood feeding activity and fecundity. Psorophora ferox (Humboltd), another ßoodwater mosquito species, has a medium body size and is commonly associated with the two larger Psorophora species in St. Johns County, FL (Qualls and Xue 2009); information about body size, blood feeding activity, and fecundity is also lacking. In the laboratory, many Psorophora species are competent vectors for St. Louis encephalitis virus (Hammon and Reeves 1943), eastern equine encephalitis virus (Chamberlain et al. 1954), Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (Sudia et al. 1975), western equine encephalitis virus (Mitchell et al. 1987), Tensaw virus (Wozniak et al. 2001), and West Nile virus (Chow et al. 2002). "
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