Insecticide resistance and vector control

Emerg Infect Dis. Oct-Dec 1998;4(4):605-13. doi: 10.3201/eid0404.980410.


Insecticide resistance has been a problem in all insect groups that serve as vectors of emerging diseases. Although mechanisms by which insecticides become less effective are similar across all vector taxa, each resistance problem is potentially unique and may involve a complex pattern of resistance foci. The main defense against resistance is close surveillance of the susceptibility of vector populations. We describe the mechanisms of insecticide resistance, as well as specific instances of resistance emergence worldwide, and discuss prospects for resistance management and priorities for detection and surveillance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Growth Substances
  • Humans
  • Insect Control*
  • Insect Vectors*
  • Insecticide Resistance* / physiology
  • Insecticides
  • Ivermectin


  • Growth Substances
  • Insecticides
  • Ivermectin