Neuromolecular basis of repellent action

Joseph C. Dickens, Jonathan D. Bohbot

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

1 Scopus citations


Physical contact is not required for insect repellents to affect mosquito behavior; N, N-diethyl3-methylbenzamide (deet) not only interferes with the detection of host and oviposition sites,1 suggesting the involvement of the olfactory pathway, but also deters feeding,2 perhaps indicating the involvement of the gustatory sense.3 However, the broad activity of these compounds and their required quantities to repel arthropods are puzzling characteristics. More confounding is the fact that deet and other insect repellents do not prevent long-range attraction but rather perturb mosquito behavior at relatively close ranges.4.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationInsect Repellents Handbook, Second Edition
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781466553583
ISBN (Print)9781466553552
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


Dive into the research topics of 'Neuromolecular basis of repellent action'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this