Permethrin and malathion LD90 values for Culex quinquefasciatus vary with topical application site. Academic Article uri icon


  • Prior research in multiple insect species has demonstrated that insecticide-induced mortality varies according to the body region exposed on the insect. This variation has been demonstrated in Culex quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera: Culicidae), but has not been quantified using dose-response curves. Applications of technical permethrin or malathion to one of three body regions on Cx. quinquefasciatus resulted in dose-response curves that were not equivalent to one another. The generated LD90 values and curves for each body region were compared with previously reported LD values for analogous sites in several mosquito species, specifically the mesothorax. Based on the present results, the permethrin and malathion LD50 and LD90 concentrations required for droplets impinging on the abdomen and mesothorax of Cx. quinquefasciatus when applied through ground-based spray systems utilized by mosquito control programmes were calculated.

published proceedings

  • Med Vet Entomol

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Aldridge, RL||Kaufman, PE||Bloomquist, JR||Gezan, SA||Linthicum, KJ

publication date

  • September 2017