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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SURVEILLANCE AND ECOLOGY OF MOSQUITO, BITING AND FILTH BREEDING INSECTS Title: Temporal patterns of mosquito landing on human hosts: implications for detection, monitoring, and vector control

Authors
item Barnard, Donald
item Knue, Gregory

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: December 15, 2008
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Temporal patterns of landing activity on a human host by female Anopheles quadrimaculatus, Culex nigripalpus, Cx. quinquefasciatus, Ochlerotatus triseriatus and Aedes albopictus varied significantly throughout the diel period and with respect to time of collection within a 15 minute observation period. Aedes albopictus and An. quadrimaculatus typically arrived in consistant numbers during observations, whereas Oc. triseriatus, Cx. nigripalpus, and Cx. quinquefasciatus responses commenced late but increased with time. Upper and lower temperature activity thresholds were identified for some species as was their response to variations in dewpoint. Consequences of the timing of mosquito landing activity relative to the implementation and evaluation of pest/vector control are discussed as are impacts on the mosquito detection and surveillance process.

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