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ANDRADE-OCHOA, Sergio et al. Essential oils and their components as an alternative in the control of mosquito vectors of disease. Biomédica [online]. 2017, vol.37, suppl.2, pp.224-243. ISSN 0120-4157.

More than half of the human population is exposed to mosquito-borne infections. Climate change and the emergence of strains resistant to traditionally used insecticides have motivated the search of new agents for mosquito population control. Essential oils have been effective repellents and larvicidal agents. The aim of this work was to review research studies conducted in recent years on the larvicidal activity of essential oils and their components against Aedes, Anopheles and Culex mosquitoes, as well as the latest reports about their possible mechanism of action.

Keywords : Oils, volatile; insect vectors; disease vectors; larvicides; terpenes.

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