Larvicidal activity of novaluron, a chitin synthesis inhibitor, against the housefly, Musca domestica

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Cetin H., Erler F., Yanikoglu A.

JOURNAL OF INSECT SCIENCE, vol.6, 2006 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1673/031.006.5001
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: insect growth regulator, pest management, INSECT GROWTH-REGULATOR, FLIES DIPTERA, FLY CONTROL, MUSCIDAE, RESISTANCE, IMPACT, IGR
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


A chitin synthesis inhibitor, novaluron, was evaluated under laboratory conditions for its larvicidal activity against a field population of the housefly, Musca domestica L. ( Diptera: Muscidae), by feeding and dipping methods. The concentrations used were 1, 2.5, 5, 10 and 20 mg a.i./kg in both methods. The product caused > 80% larval mortality at 10 and 20 mg a.i./kg. Of the two methods, feeding was more effective for larvicidal activity at doses above 2.5 mg a.i./kg. After 72 hours, the LC50 and LC90 values were 1.66 and 8.25 mg a.i./kg, respectively, with the feeding method; and 2.72 and 17.88 mg a.i./kg, respectively, using the dipping method. The results showed that the product provided good control of housefly larvae and would greatly reduce adult emergence.