Evaluation of ultra-low-volume insecticide dispensing systems for use in single-engined aircraft and their effectiveness against Aedes aegypti populations in South-East Asia

Autor(es): Kilpatrick J W; Tonn R J; Jatanasen S

Resumo: An evaluation study of ultra-low-volume (ULV) spraying of insecticide from aircraft was carried out in Thailand, to determine if this technique could be used for the emergency control of Aedes aegypti, the major vector of haemorrhagic fever. A small, single-engined aircraft, a Cessna-180, was used in the trials and 2 types of spraying equipment were tested; both were found to be equally effective. The aircraft was fitted with 6 spraying nozzles and flew at an altitude of 150 feet (46 m) at a speed of 100 miles/h (161 km/h). The insecticide used was 95% technical grade malathion and swaths 75 feet wide (22.8 m) were laid down; the rate of application was 3 US fl oz/acre (219 ml/ha).Trials were made in 3 villages near Bangkok and it became apparent that a small aircraft could not produce the required even distribution of insecticide; the rate of application was therefore increased to 6 US fl oz/acre (438 ml/ha). This increased rate appeared to compensate for the narrow width of the swath and produced very satisfactory mortalities in caged mosquitos as well as in natural populations.The size and distribution of droplets was monitored by the use of oil-sensitive red dye cards which showed that there was a good penetration of insecticide into dwellings, etc. Trial results were evaluated by biting counts, bioassays of Aedes and Culex adults and larvae, Culex dips and ovitraps. Biossays indicated that the 6 US fl oz/acre rate of application was almost 100% effective in the open and produced satisfactory mortalities inside markets and dwellings.It was concluded that larger aircraft would be required to treat areas of more than 1000 acres (405 ha) and congested city areas but that the rate of application of insecticide could be considerably lower. Nevertheless, small aircraft can be useful in smaller and less congested areas.

Imprenta: Bulletin of the World Health Organization, v. 42, n. 1, p. 1-14, 1970

Descritores: Aedes aegypti - Public health

Data de publicação: 1970