Application Site and Mosquito Age Influences Malathion- and Permethrin-Induced Mortality in Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae). Academic Article uri icon


  • Concentrations of malathion and permethrin typical in droplets generated from ultra-low-volume and low-volume applications used to control mosquito populations were evaluated for efficacy against multiple-aged Culex quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera: Culicidae), using a topical bioassay. Although insecticide droplets will impinge on many exoskeletal body regions and a range of ages of mosquitoes in a population, traditional mosquito topical bioassays focus pesticide application to the mesothoracic pleural or dorsal regions across an average mosquito age (e.g., 3-7 d). Our results document nonuniform insecticide sensitivity across body regions at ages not previously assessed in mosquitoes (teneral and 14-d old). We expect our findings to influence the topical bioassay process, illustrating the difference in mosquito body regions and ages that ultimately may explain insecticide effectiveness wherever droplets impinge upon the mosquito body during field control applications.

published proceedings

  • J Med Entomol

author list (cited authors)

  • Aldridge, R. L., Kaufman, P. E., Bloomquist, J. R., Gezan, S. A., & Linthicum, K. J.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Aldridge, Robert L||Kaufman, Phillip E||Bloomquist, Jeffrey R||Gezan, Salvador A||Linthicum, Kenneth J

publication date

  • November 2017