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Electronic Mosquito Repellers:
Are They Really Effective?

Published in Wing Beats , Summer 2000 
and with permission of the authors
on BugJammer.com website.

F. CORO (1)* AND S. SUÁREZ (2)


Tables

Table 1. Electronic mosquito repellers tested in field condition
Table 2. Main mosquito species present during the field trials
Table 3. Mosquito species used in the laboratory tests of the electronic repellers.

Table 1. Electronic mosquito repellers tested in field conditions.
Device Name References
Electronic Mosquito Repeller Kutz 1974*, García et al. 1976*, Belton 1981*
Skeeter-Skat Gorham 1974, Schreck et al. 1977
Electronic Mosquito Repeller (Mark VII) García et al. 1976*
Moziquit Schreck et al. 1977, Belton 1981*, Snow 1977
Mosquito Chaser Schreck et al. 1977
Buzz-off Electronic Mosquito Repeller Schreck et al. 1977, Helson and Wright 1977
Norris Electronic Mosquito Repeller Schreck et al. 1977
ME Electronic Mosquito Repeller Helson and Wright 1977
Antibite (= Antipic) Lewis et al. 1982, Iglisch 1983*
MH500 Environmental Concepts Schreiber et al. 1991*
* These authors also tried these devices in laboratory conditions

 

Table 2. Main mosquito species present during the field trials of the electronic repellers
Species References
Aedes aegypti Linnaeus  Schreck et al. 1977
Aedes albopictus Skuse Schreiber et al. 1991
Aedes canadensis Theobald Helson and Wright 1977, Lewis et al. 1982
Aedes communis De Geer Rasnitsyn et al. 1974, Gorham 1974
Aedes euedes Dyar Helson and Wright 1977
Aedes excrucians Walker Lewis et al. 1982
Aedes fulvus pallens Ross Schreiber et al. 1991
Aedes hexodontus Dyar Gorham 1974, Belton 1981
Aedes nigripes Zetterstedt Gorham 1974
Aedes sierrensis Ludlow García et al. 1976
Aedes sollicitans Walker Kutz 1974, Schreck et al. 1977
Aedes stimulans Walker Helson and Wright 1977, Lewis et al. 1982
Aedes taeniorhynchus Wiedemann Schreck et al. 1977
Anopheles gambiae Giles Snow 1977
Anopheles melas Theobald Snow 1977
Anopheles pharoensis Theobald Snow 1977
Anopheles quadrimaculatus Say Schreck et al. 1977, Schreiber et al. 1991
Culex poicilipes Theobald Snow 1977
Psorophora ferox von Humboldt Schreiber et al. 1991

 

Table 3. Mosquito species used in the laboratory tests of the electronic repellers.
Species References
Aedes aegypti Linnaeus Kutz 1974, Belton 1981,
Singleton 1977, 
Schreck et al. 1984, 
Foster and Lutes 1985
Aedes sierrensis Ludlow García et al. 1976
Aedes taeniorhynchus Wiedemann Schreiber et al. 1991
Aedes triseriatus Say Foster and Lutes 1985
Aedes spp. Curtis and White 1982
Anopheles freeborni Aitken García et al. 1976
Anopheles quadrimaculatus Say Schreck et al. 1984, Foster and Lutes 1985
Anopheles spp. Curtis and White 1982
Culex pipiens Linnaeus García et al. 1976, Belton 1981
Culex salinarius Coquillet Kutz 1974
Culex spp. Curtis and White 1982
Haemagogus equinus Theobald Foster and Lutes 1985

*1 Departamento de Biología Animal y Humana,
Facultad de Biología, Universidad de La Habana,
Calle 25 # 455 entre J e I, Vedado,
La Habana, CP 10400, Cuba (* Corresponding author)
2 Departamento de Control de Vectores,
Instituto de Medicina Tropical " Pedro Kourí ",
Apartado 601, Marianao 13, La Lisa, La Habana, Cuba

Address of corresponding author:
Dr. Frank Coro
Departamento de Biología Animal y Humana
Facultad de Biología
Universidad de La Habana
Calle 25 # 455 entre J e I, Vedado
La Habana, CP 10400
Cuba
FAX: (53-7) 321321; (53-7) 336321
e-mail: fcoro@fbio.oc.uh.cu; labmorfo@infomed.sld.cu; acoro@infomed.sld.cu"


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