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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SURVEILLANCE AND ECOLOGY OF MOSQUITO, BITING AND FILTH BREEDING INSECTS

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit

Title: Attraction of Culex Mosquitoes to Compounds Identified from Birds

Authors
item Allan, Sandra
item Bernier, Ulrich
item Kline, Daniel

Submitted to: American Mosquito Control Association
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: April 1, 2005
Publication Date: April 7, 2005
Citation: Allan, S.A., Bernier, U.R., Kline, D.L. 2005. Attraction of culex mosquitoes to compounds identified from birds. 71st Annual Meeting American Mosquito Control Association.

Technical Abstract: Although birds play a critical role in the maintenance and amplification of mosquito populations and as reservoirs of disease, little is known about the cues used by mosquitoes to locate birds. Most attractants for traps have been developed for anthropophilic species such as Aedes aegypti using cues emitted from human hosts. Additional attractants such as bovine breath components (1-octen-3-ol) enhance collection of a broader range of species. Recently we have identified a range of volatile compounds from birds and a series of these compounds were evaluated in a dual-port olfactometer against Culex quinquefasciatus, Culex nigripalpus, and Culex tarsalis. Compounds that elicited responses are discussed for their potential as attractants for a trapping system.

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