The sterile insect technique (SIT) is being developed for the control of malaria
transmitting mosquitoes. Critical to the success of applying the SIT is the
establishment of standardized mass production systems for the target species. As
part of efforts to develop standardised mass production systems for malaria vectors,
this project sought to optimize adult blood and sugar feeding in a mass production
system. Different sugar types (glucose, sucrose and honey) were evaluated at 6 %
and 10 % concentrations in water to determine the best sugar diet and concentration
for feeding adult An. gambiae. Different blood feeding methods, restrained Guinea
pig, anaesthetised Guinea pig and human arm feeding were evaluated. Adult
survival, female insemination and egg production were used as criteria to determine
optimum sugar and blood feeding. The effect of anaesthetics on blood feeding
response and egg production of female An. gambiae was determined by comparing
feeding response and egg production of females fed with anaesthetised Guinea pigs
as against physically restrained Guinea pigs (Control). The specific effect of
different anaesthetic agents on blood feeding response and egg production of
female mosquitoes was also determined by comparing the feeding response and egg
production of females fed with either Ketamine/Xylazine anaesthetised Guinea pigs
or Ketamine/Diazepam anaesthetised Guinea pigs. Effects due to sugar types and
concentrations on percentage survival of male and female mosquitoes were
observed to be significant at (p < 0.05). Honey at 10 % concentration recorded the
highest survival of 84.3 % after 1 week and 12.7 % after 6 weeks whilst glucose
and sucrose recorded 81.0 % and 78.0 % respectively after 1 week and 1.3 % for
both after 6 weeks. Survival up to 35 and 49 days for males and females
respectively occurred only in adults fed with honey. The combined effects of blood
feeding methods, anaesthetic types and feeding times on the propensity of female
An. gambiae to feed and produce eggs were not significantly different (P > 0.05).
However, human arm feeding (HAF) method and Ketamine/Xylazine (KX)
anaesthetics fed for 25 minutes recorded higher percentage feeding (76.0 % and
68.0 % respectively) and egg production of 19.0 % and 20.8 % respectively.
Anaesthetised Guinea pig feeding (AGF) of adults for 15 minutes followed closely
with 60.0 % and 15.1 % blood feeding and egg production respectively whilst
restrained Guinea pig feeding (RGF) method and Ketamine/Xylazine (KD)
anaesthetic agents recorded the least values. It can be concluded that 10 % honey
solution resulted in optimum feeding, survival and female insemination in adult An.
gambiae compared to other treatments. Although both human arm feeding and
Ketamine/Xylaxine anaesthetised Guinea pig feeding resulted in optimum
productivity, anaesthetised Guinea pig feeding of adults for 15 minutes is the ideal
feeding method for mass production systems. We recommend that 10 % honey
solution, anaesthetised Guinea pig feeding method using 0.05 ml
Ketamine/Xylazine anaesthetics and 15 minutes feeding time be employed for adult
feeding in mass production of this species.
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