Parasitology Research

, Volume 102, Issue 6, pp 1289–1291 | Cite as

The essential oil of Zingiber officinalis Linn (Zingiberaceae) as a mosquito larvicidal and repellent agent against the filarial vector Culex quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera: Culicidae)

  • Thambusamy Pushpanathan
  • Arulsamy Jebanesan
  • Marimuthu Govindarajan
Original Paper


Essential oils extracted by steam distillation from Zingiber officinalis was evaluated for larvicidal and repellent activity against the filarial mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus. The larval mortality was observed after 24 h treated for late third instar. The LC50 value was 50.78 ppm. Skin repellent test at 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0 mg/cm2 concentration of Z. officinalis gave 100% protection up to 15, 30, 60, and 120 min. These results clearly reveal that the essential oil of Z. officinalis served as a potential larvicidal and repellent agent against filarial vector C. quinquefasciatus.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thambusamy Pushpanathan
    • 1
  • Arulsamy Jebanesan
    • 1
  • Marimuthu Govindarajan
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Vector Biology, Department of ZoologyAnnamalai UniversityTamil NaduIndia

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