Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-pjpqr Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-06-18T17:44:08.162Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

Effect of size of cattle bait on the range of attraction of tsetse and mosquitoes

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 September 2011

W. F. Snow
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Coastal Field Station, P.O. Box 80804, Mombasa, Kenya
Get access


In a recent review of host location by tsetse an attempt was made, using previously published data, to draw some general conclusions regarding the range of detection of warm-blooded hosts by tsetse and mosquitoes. The paper included some misleading and invalid conclusions. This topic and the supporting data are reconsidered. It is suggested that the maximum range of a positive response by mosquitoes or tsetse to stationary cattle baits may be expressed as 0.31 × host weight (kg)0.90 (P < 0.001).

Research Article
Copyright © ICIPE 1983

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)



Edman, J. D. (1979) Orientation of some Florida mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) toward small vertebrates and carbon dioxide in the field. J. med. Ent. 15, 292296.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Gillies, M. T. (1980) The role of carbon dioxide in host-finding by mosquitoes (Diptera, Culicidae): a review. Bull. ent. Res. 70, 525532.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Gillies, M. T. and Wilkes, T. J. (1972) The range of attraction of animal baits and carbon dioxide for mosquitoes. Studies in a freshwater area of West Africa. Bull. ent. Res. 61, 389404.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Gillies, M. T. and Wilkes, T. J. (1974) The range of attraction of birds as baits for some West African mosquitoes. Bull. ent. Res. 63, 573581.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Hargrove, J. W. and Vale, G. A. (1978) The effect of host odour concentration on catches of tsetse flies (Glossinidae) and other Diptera in the field. Bull. ent. Res. 68, 607612.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Lewis, T. and Macaulay, E. D. M. (1976) Design and evaluation of sex-attractant traps for pea moth, Cydia nigricana (Steph.) and the effect of plume shape on catches. Ecol. Ent. 1, 175187.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
Schreck, C. E., Gouck, H. K. and Posey, K. H. (1972) The range of effectiveness and trapping efficiency of a plexiglas mosquito trap baited with carbon dioxide, Mosq. News 32, 496501.Google Scholar
Snow, W. F. (1980) Host location and feeding patterns in tsetse. Insect Sci. Application 1, 2330.Google Scholar
Vale, G. A. (1977) The flight of tsetse flies (Diptera: Glossinidae) to and from a stationary ox. Bull. ent. Res. 67, 297303.CrossRefGoogle Scholar