mosquito attractants

Prof H. Townson htownson at liverpool.ac.uk
Tue Feb 21 09:55:16 EST 1995


In reply to the query about mosquito lures, Mike Service has reviewed
this and many other related subjects in his book Mosquito Ecology:
Field Sampling Methods. Pub: Elsevier/Chapman Hall ISBN 1-85166-789-9.

Basically, different mosquito species react to octenol, lactic acid, 
CO2 etc in different ways. Some chemicals have an attractant effect 
that is only apparent in the presence of a second chemical. 

Such synergism is very common in the interactions of kairomones and
pheromones. Feeding mosquitoes may even produce an invitation pheromone
attracting other mosquitoes to the host.

I hope that helps.

Mike Service can be reached by e-mail to: mservice at liv.ac.uk

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