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Keywords: Malaria/mosquito control, Anopheles, Elaeis guineensis, Semiochemicals, Palm wine, 2-way olfactometer


Control of Anopheles vector is effective in halting malaria. Entrapping them by deceit with
semiochemicals they must respond to could be sustainable control approach but poverty and
other impediments prevent use of such luring strategy in Sub Saharan Africa. Elaeis
guineensis could be alternative accessible and cheap unexplored source of semiochemicals
for mosquitoes control. We evaluated the response of Anopheles mosquitoes to categories of
palm wine. Anopheles larvae were selected from mosquito juveniles collected from egbaite.
At emergence, female mosquitoes were subjected to a 2-way olfactometer to evaluate their
responses to odours from 4 categories of palm wines. Fresh up-palm wine attracted 50.00 ±
5.77% of mosquitoes, its sub-category, ebacha up-wine, attracted 45 %. Fresh down-wine
attracted 70 % of vectors as against 68.33 % of ebacha down-wine. The foregoing
categories compared to the control attracted significantly more mosquitoes (respectively, p
= 0.007; p = 0.005; p = 0.002; p = 0.001). Comparison of fresh up-wine with fresh down-
wine showed that significantly more mosquitoes visited down-wine (t = - 5.060, p = 0.007).
Ebacha up-wine and ebacha down-wine comparison revealed that significantly more
mosquitoes visited ebacha down-wine (t = - 4.950, p = 0.008). The preference indices
calculated for the 4 categories of palm wine ranged from 57.27 ± 14.90 to 85.98 ± 7.73.
Palm wines are attractive to Anopheles mosquitoes. Down-wine was more effective
attractant. Up wine lost its activity faster than down-wine. Palm wines could sustainably be
employed in malaria vector control programmes.