Control of phlebotomine (Diptera: Psychodidae) leishmaniasis vectors

Neotrop Entomol. 2009 May-Jun;38(3):303-10. doi: 10.1590/s1519-566x2009000300001.


Phlebotomines are of medical and veterinary concern as they vector leishmaniasis, bartonellosis and some arboviruses. The adaptations of some species to places modified by humans bring these vectors into contact with dwellings, which can facilitate disease transmission, and the vector control strategies adopted have rendered controversial results. Regarding leishmaniasis, for instance, which vector and reservoirs control can be effective, there is an assumption that the incidence of human infection is directly related to the number of infectious dogs, as well as to entomological factors. Therefore, vector control can provide a cheaper and more practical solution to prevent cases of leishmaniasis. Nevertheless, due to the complexity of the factors involved, chemical control is still essential, and biological insecticides and insecticide plants, for example, represent areas for study that should be encouraged and developed since they show promising results. This paper summarizes the control strategies adopted so far, especially the methods and efficiency of the entomological components of leishmaniasis control programs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Disease Vectors*
  • Insect Control*
  • Leishmaniasis / prevention & control*
  • Phlebotomus*