Chemical may be able to Control Malaria
We hate to give mosquitoes credit, but they are clever little creatures. They have the ability to adapt to many of our defence methods quite quickly, which often leads to our efforts being unsuccessful in the long term to protect ourselves against these disease spreading pests. However, the following article has some interesting information that could mean these pests can’t adapt quite so easily.
Cedrol, a mosquito oviposition attractant, has been found in the rhizomes of pond plants. This discovery could complement existing vector control strategies.
The chemical attracts the pregnant female mosquitoes, which means it gives us more of a chance to control where they lay their eggs. Especially if they are the specific breed of mosquito responsible for the spread of malaria. Remember, the mosquito is the world’s most deadliest creature.
This tiny bug causes devastation world wide. Any discovery that can help reduce mosquitoes spreading this fatal disease is warmly welcomed.
In a world-first study, a team of international scientists has discovered a chemical called cedrol that attracts pregnant female Anopheles mosquitoes. The work, published in the Malaria Journal by the OviART research group, opens up new possibilities for controlling and monitoring mosquito populations where they breed.
Even if you are not living in an area under threat of malaria, it’s important that you protect yourself against other mosquito borne illness. Your own action towards mosquito control is more important than ever. Right now, the threat of Zika in South and Central America is rising, and with more rainfall to come, an opportunity for mosquitoes to find areas to breed close to your home is a very real issue. They love standing water, so ensure you clear your yard daily, for anywhere water can collect and become a breeding ground.