CHEMICAL COMPOSITION AND PUPICIDAL ACTIVITY OF ESSENTIAL OIL FROM MENTHA SPICATA AGAINST AEDES AEGYPTIL. (DIPTERA: CULICIDAE)Abstract
Mosquito-borne diseases are serious health problems in India, and mosquito vector control is a fundamental approach to control various diseases. Essential oils represent eco-friendly alternatives to costly synthetic pesticides for mosquito control. The essential oil of Mentha spicata in India was used for its activity against Ae. aegypti. The essential oil showed pupicidal activity against this mosquito. The results indicated that essential oil from M. spicata induced 29, 49.5, 60.8, 67.76, and 81.36% mortality at 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 ppm essential oil concentration, respectively. The essential oil was rich for various phytochemicals, including estragole, thymol, (-) – 8 – p – Menthen – 2 – yl, acetate, trans, and 3, 5-Heptadienal, 2-ethylidene-6-methyl-. This essential oil may serve as a low-cost vector control agent for mosquito-borne diseases.
S. Paulraj *, T. Selvamohan and K. Kumaraswamy
Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India.
25 January 2020
29 June 2020
23 August 2020
01 October 2020