Behavioral Responses of Catnip (Nepeta cataria) by Two Species of Mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Anopheles harrisoni, in Thailand
KASETSART UNIV BANGKOK (THAILAND)
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An investigation of the biological effect of catnip oil Nepeta cataria L. on the behavioral response of field collected Aedes aegypti and Anopheles harrisoni was conducted using an automated excitorepellency test system. Aedes aegypti showed significantly higher escape rates from the contact chamber at 5 catnip oil compared to other concentrations P 0.05. With Anopheles harrisoni, a high escape response was seen at 2.5 catnip oil from the contact chamber, while in the noncontact chamber a higher escape response was observed at a concentration of 5. Results showed that this compound exhibits both irritant and repellent actions.