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December 22, 1928

THE USE OF OIL FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF MOSQUITO LARVAE AND PUPAE

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia.

Professor of Pathology, University of Pennsylvania.

JAMA. 1928;91(25):2014. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700250078034

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —In L. O. Howard's little book on mosquitoes, published in 1901, he says:As long ago as 1812, the writer of a work published in London, entitled "Omniana or Horae Otiosiores," suggested that by pouring oil upon water the number of mosquitoes might be diminished. Delboeuf, in the Revue scientifique, in 1895, says that he used kerosene in this way fifty years before. H. E. Weed, in 1895, stated that in the French quarter of New Orleans it has been a common custom for many years to place kerosene in the water tanks to lessen the number of mosquitoes in a given locality. Suggestions as to the use of kerosene were made by Mrs. Aaron, and by Beutenmüller, in the Lamborn Prize Essays, "Dragon-Flies Versus Mosquitoes" (D. Appleton & Co., 1890) and in 1867 the present writer used kerosene in a watering trough at Ithaca, N. Y.,

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