Paradoxical effects of simulated larviciding on production of adult mosquitoes.

  title={Paradoxical effects of simulated larviciding on production of adult mosquitoes.},
  author={F Agudelo-Silva and Andrew L Spielman},
  journal={The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene},
  volume={33 6},
We determined whether simulated mortality of larval mosquitoes in food-deprived bodies of water increases emergence of adult females as well as their size by releasing the remaining larvae from competition for food. Removal of larval Aedes aegypti from rearing containers with suboptimal amounts of food increased the number of adults that emerged. Thus, larvicidal measures do not inevitably lead to reduced numbers of mosquito vectors of disease. In food-limiting breeding sites, partially… CONTINUE READING

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