Interaction of the Culex quinquefasciatus egg raft pheromone with a natural chemical associated with oviposition sites.

In laboratory bioassays, gravid Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes were strongly attracted and or stimulated to oviposit by a habitat-derived chemical cue, 3-methylindole, at several concentrations ranging from 0.01 to 1 microgram/liter in water. At concentrations above 10 micrograms/liter, 3-methylindole became repellent or deterrent. Responses to the known… CONTINUE READING