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Emmanuel Okwudili Ogbuefi
Dennis Nnanna Aribodor
Ifeanyichukwu Ogochukwu Nwankwo
Roseline Ekene Ikeh


Accurate knowledge of the feeding and resting time of malaria vectors is very crucial for malaria management, hence a 12-month longitudinal study was done to tackle the challenge of transmission of mosquito-borne diseases. Centre for Disease Control (CDC) light traps and the Human Landing Catch (HLC) methods were used to sample indoor and outdoor malaria vectors at Nibo, Mgbakwu and Enugwu-Agidi communities in Anambra State, Nigeria. Chi-square test was used to check for significant difference (P<0.05) between feeding and resting time and other parameters in the study. Result showed that malaria vectors were caught both outdoors and indoors which indicated that they have a crepuscular and concurrent resting/feeding time between 6 pm-12 am and 12 am - 6 am. This implies that the malaria vectors were non-specific in their feeding time, recording high peak feeding time of 24.4%, 18.3% and 17.9% between 6am - 12pm and 1am – 6am at Nibo, Mgbakwu and Enugwu-Agidi respectively. This heterogenic nature and behavior of malaria vectors may have caused a lot of hindrances to malaria control strategies and interventions deployed in the past. Therefore, proper understanding of behaviours of malaria vectors will help in evidence-based policy decision for strategic malaria control in Anambra State.

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Ogbuefi, E. O., Aribodor, D. N., Nwankwo, I. O., & Ikeh, R. E. (2024). FEEDING AND RESTING PATTERN OF MALARIA VECTORS IN THREE COMMUNITIES FROM SOUTHEAST NIGERIA. The Bioscientist Journal, 12(1), 98-111. https://doi.org/10.54117/the_bioscientist.v12i1.169


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