Pulicidal Activity of Some Indigenous Plants

  • D. M. Renapurkar
  • P. B. Deshmukh
Research Article


Fleas are vectors of bubonic plague, murine typhus and several other rodent borne diseases. As with other vectors of medical importance there is widespread insecticide resistance among the flea population. In our efforts to find alternative insecticides 20 plants were screened for their pulicidal properties by obtaining extracts from these plants. It was observed that extracts of plants Acorus calamus, Allium sativum, Anona Squamosa, Brassica nigra, Croton tiglium, Ocimum sanctum, Piper nigrum possessed pulicidal activity.

Key Words

Fleas bubonic plague insecticide resistance plant extracts pulicidal activity 


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© ICIPE 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. M. Renapurkar
    • 1
  • P. B. Deshmukh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoonosisHaffkine InstituteBombayIndia

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