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Title: Larvicidal and mosquito repellent action of peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil
Authors: Ansari, M A
Vasudevan, Padma
Tandon, Mamta
Razdan, R K
Keywords: Peppermint oil
Mosquitoes
Aedes aegypti
Culex quinquefasciatus
Anophelines
Anopheles stephensi
An culicifacies
An annularis
An subpictus
Mortality
Repellent
Issue Date: 2000
Citation: Bioresource Technology, 71(3), 267-271
Abstract: Oil of Mentha piperita L. (Peppermint oil), a widely used essential oil, was evaluated for larvicidal activity against different mosquito species: Aedes aegypti, Anopheles stephensi and Culex quinquefasciatus by exposing IIIrd instar larvae of mosquitoes in enamel trays 6 + 4 inch2 size filled to a depth of 3 inch with water. Of the three species tested Cx. quinquefasciatus was most susceptible followed by Ae. aegypti and An. stephensi. Application of oil at 3 ml/m2 of water surface area resulted in 100% mortality within 24 h for Cx. quinquefasciatus, 90% for Ae. aegypti and 85% for An. stephensi. For Ae. aegypti 100% mortality was achieved at 3 ml/m2 in 48 h or 4 ml/m2 in 24 h. For An. stephensi 100% mortality was observed at 4 ml/m2 in 72 h. The emergence at 3 ml/m2 was also inhibited to a great extent and the few adults which emerged did not ovipost even after taking a blood meal.The oil showed strong repellent action against adult mosquitoes when applied on human skin. Percent protection obtained against An. annularis, An. culicifacies, and Cx. quinquefasciatus was 100%, 92.3% and 84.5%, respectively. The repellent action of Mentha oil was comparable to that of Mylol oil consisting of dibutyl and dimethyl phthalates.
URI: http://eprint.iitd.ac.in/dspace/handle/2074/711
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