Vapor toxicity of five volatile pyrethroids against Aedes aegypti, Aedes albopictus, Culex quinquefasciatus, and Anopheles quadrimaculatus (Diptera: Culicidae). Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Mosquito mortality has been documented in numerous studies of spatial repellents but the concentration-dependent toxicity of spatial repellent vapors has not been documented. To address this issue, prallethrin, flumethrin, metofluthrin, transfluthrin, and meperfluthrin were selected for comparative study against Aedes albopictus (Skuse), Ae. aegypti (L.), Culex quinquefasciatus Say, and Anopheles quadrimaculatus Say. Mosquito were exposed to vapors of each chemical for 2, 4, and 24 h with mortality recorded at each time point. A second experiment involved exposing mosquitoes to vapors for 2 h, then transferring them to untreated holding containers and held for 24 h. For these mosquitoes, readings were only taken after 24 h to allow for metabolic detoxification and recovery. RESULTS: LC50 and LC90 data indicated that transfluthrin and meperfluthrin had the greatest toxicity across all species, followed by metofluthrin, prallethrin, and flumethrin. CONCLUSION: Our findings, through the direct comparison of these compounds, suggest that transfluthrin, meperfluthrin, and metofluthrin be considered for further development. The vapor toxicity for the aforementioned compounds significantly exceeds prallethrin, which is currently market available as an adulticidal active ingredient in public health pest control. 2018 Society of Chemical Industry.

published proceedings

  • Pest Manag Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Bibbs, C. S., Tsikolia, M., Bloomquist, J. R., Bernier, U. R., Xue, R., & Kaufman, P. E.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Bibbs, Christopher S||Tsikolia, Maia||Bloomquist, Jeffrey R||Bernier, Ulrich R||Xue, Rui-De||Kaufman, Phillip E

publication date

  • December 2018