The microhabitat preferences of mosquito genus Aedes (Diptera: Culicidae) in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Author(s): Febri Ningsih, Indra Junaidi Zakaria and Hasmiwati
Abstract: The dengue hemorrhagic fever is a contagious disease with the cases still increases in Indonesia. The disease transmits through bites of mosquitos Aedes spp. The rate of infection is mostly influenced by environmental factors. We conducted the study of microhabitat and density indicators of Aedes in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, from December 2015 to January 2016. This study aimed to determine the most favorable water container, a breeding site, water source as well as physical and chemical factors required for growing larvae Aedes mosquito. Environmental parameters of the larval habitats including water temperature, air temperature, humidity, water pH and existence of larva were observed with visual encounter. In total 100 houses were surveyed, the presence of Aedes larvae were highest in the inside of the house. Density of larva was highest in cement made tub (15%) and plastic made tub (6%). The water tub was supplied by household wells have relatively high occurance density of Aedes larvae (15%) than supplied by the regional water company (6%). The present results indicated that the measured environment conditions such as water temperature, air temperature, humidity, and water pH were not significantly associated with larva density in different habitats.
How to cite this article:
Febri Ningsih, Indra Junaidi Zakaria, Hasmiwati. The microhabitat preferences of mosquito genus Aedes (Diptera: Culicidae) in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Int J Mosq Res 2016;3(5):36-40.