Date of Award

Winter 12-7-2018

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

School

Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

Committee Chair

Amer Dawoud

Committee Chair School

Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

Committee Member 2

Wonryull Koh

Committee Member 2 School

Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering

Committee Member 3

Anton Netchaev

Abstract

DEET is a common active ingredient in most spatial repellents. DEET is also a volatile organic compound. DEET prevents mosquitoes from detecting and coming into contact with an human individual. Gas sensing technologies such as metal oxide semiconductor sensors can detect VOCs. The World Health Organization provides the majority of efficacy testing methods. This research adapts methods from the WHO and use of MOS sensors to further understand how and why DEET affects mosquitos. A custom developed system is used to measure DEET dissipation and observe mosquito behavioral response to the DEET. DEET dissipations and mosquito behavior is measured within a holding chamber. When DEET is present within the holding chamber mosquito activity decreases due to their exposure to the spatial repellent. This research provides an alternate method of measuring DEET’s efficacy.

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