Lamiaceae have traditionally been used in developing countries for their insecticidal and repellent properties against several insect species. In our research, the essential oil (EO) extracted from fresh leaves of Hyptis suaveolens (Lamiaceae), and its main constituents were evaluated for larvicidal and repellent activity against the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus Skuse (Diptera: Culicidae), currently the most invasive mosquito worldwide. H. suaveolens EO had insecticidal activity against A. albopictus larvae and mortality was dosage dependent. At the highest dosages of 450 and 400 ppm, there were not significant differences on larval mortality, as mortality ranged between 98.33% and 93.33%, respectively. At dosages ranging from 250 to 350 ppm, mortality rates were lower and not significantly different from each other. Terpinolene was found to be the most effective pure compound. Efficacy protection from H. suaveolens EO, at dosages ranging from 0.03748 to 7496 μg cm-2 of skin, was evaluated during 150 minutes of observation. Results indicated that this EO had a significant repellent activity (RD50 = 0.00035 µg cm-2; RD90 = 0.00048 µg cm-2), with differences in repellency rates, as a function of both concentration and observation time. Protection time ranged from 16 to 135 minutes. These results clearly evidenced that the larvicidal and repellent activity of H. suaveolens EO could be used for the development of new and safer products against A. albopictus.

Larvicidal and repellent activity of Hyptis suaveolens (Lamiaceae) essential oil against the mosquito Aedes albopictus Skuse (Diptera: Culicidae)

CONTI, BARBARA;BENELLI, GIOVANNI;FLAMINI, GUIDO;CECCARINI, LUCIA;MACCHIA, MARIO;CANALE, ANGELO
2012

Abstract

Lamiaceae have traditionally been used in developing countries for their insecticidal and repellent properties against several insect species. In our research, the essential oil (EO) extracted from fresh leaves of Hyptis suaveolens (Lamiaceae), and its main constituents were evaluated for larvicidal and repellent activity against the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus Skuse (Diptera: Culicidae), currently the most invasive mosquito worldwide. H. suaveolens EO had insecticidal activity against A. albopictus larvae and mortality was dosage dependent. At the highest dosages of 450 and 400 ppm, there were not significant differences on larval mortality, as mortality ranged between 98.33% and 93.33%, respectively. At dosages ranging from 250 to 350 ppm, mortality rates were lower and not significantly different from each other. Terpinolene was found to be the most effective pure compound. Efficacy protection from H. suaveolens EO, at dosages ranging from 0.03748 to 7496 μg cm-2 of skin, was evaluated during 150 minutes of observation. Results indicated that this EO had a significant repellent activity (RD50 = 0.00035 µg cm-2; RD90 = 0.00048 µg cm-2), with differences in repellency rates, as a function of both concentration and observation time. Protection time ranged from 16 to 135 minutes. These results clearly evidenced that the larvicidal and repellent activity of H. suaveolens EO could be used for the development of new and safer products against A. albopictus.
Conti, Barbara; Benelli, Giovanni; Flamini, Guido; Cioni, Pl; Profeti, R; Ceccarini, Lucia; Macchia, Mario; Canale, Angelo
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