Insect Model for Repellant Testing
Saturday, October 12, 2002
I have a student who has done research for a science
project on mosquito/insect repellents (manufactured and natural). Now he
has to do an experiment. He wants to test the repellents on mosquitoes
(from a vantage point because of West Nile Virus). He said he read that
Limburger cheese attracts them, but it has not worked to date. I
suggested he try another insect to avoid any contact with
mosquitoes. What other insect could be used (flies?) and where are they
available for this type of testing.
Not my area of expertise but I would think that some sort of fruit fly would
be easier. You might try contacting an industrial entomology lab (e.g. S.C.
Johnson Wax) or an academic entomology lab (e.g.
http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Entomology/entfacts/struct/ef621.htm ). I
think drosophila melanogaster species are commonly used
http://home.clara.net/xenotoca/fruitflies.htm. They are probably
commercially available at a reasonable cost, a lot is known about their care
and feeding. Any one of these resources could probably direct you to
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