Parasitology Research

, Volume 118, Issue 2, pp 411–420 | Cite as

Assessment of combined tools and strategies for Aedes aegypti control with low environmental impact

  • Alejandra RubioEmail author
  • María V. Cardo
  • Aníbal E. Carbajo
  • Darío Vezzani
Arthropods and Medical Entomology - Original Paper


The control of the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti L. (Diptera: Culicidae) is the main action against dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. The excessive use of conventional insecticides has promoted the development of other control methods and strategies with lower environmental impact. We evaluated the effectiveness of applying triflumuron 1 ppm and emptying water-filled containers in a field trial in temperate Argentina. Both control methods were implemented either individually or combined and regularly from the beginning of the mosquito reproductive season or once it reached peak abundance. The impact on a non-target midge of the genus Chironomus was also tested. The highest reductions of Ae. aegypti were achieved in treatments which included triflumuron. This effect was stronger when applied from the beginning of the reproductive season, with < 1.3% of positive containers throughout the entire season. No enhancing effects were obtained when combining both control methods. Treatments with triflumuron were not completely innocuous for the non-target species, with Chironomus sp. more susceptible to treatments including triflumuron applied from the beginning of the reproductive season than all others. Sharp reductions of mosquito populations in urban environments with high density of water-filled containers are possible with minimum container management efforts, by applying triflumuron 1 ppm every 6 weeks. In temperate urban settings, better results can be obtained when applications begin early in the reproductive season of the mosquito vector Aedes aegypti.


Dengue Mosquito control Triflumuron Container management Non-target species Chironomus 



The authors would like to thank the authorities of the cemeteries for allowing us to work inside their boundaries.

Funding information

This work was financially supported by the Agencia Nacional de Promoción Científica y Tecnológica (PICT 2014-3217) and the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (PIP 112-201301-00038).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecología de Enfermedades Transmitidas por Vectores, Instituto de Investigación e Ingeniería AmbientalUniversidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM)General San MartínArgentina
  2. 2.Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y TécnicasBuenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.Instituto Multidisciplinario sobre Ecosistemas y Desarrollo Sustentable (UNCPBA - CIC)TandilArgentina

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