Scientists reveal what attracts mosquitoes to humans – our citrusy smell

Study also identifies parts of mosquito brain that respond to humans

Vishwam Sankaran
Thursday 05 May 2022 16:02
<p>Mosquitoes have been found to do “something remarkably simple” to detect human odour </p>

Mosquitoes have been found to do “something remarkably simple” to detect human odour

Mosquitoes have always preferred to feast on humans over other animals but exactly how they distinguish between the two has remained a mystery until now.

Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have evolved to bite humans by exclusively relying on odour molecules distinct from those exuded by other creatures in the surrounding environment, revealed a new study published in the journal Nature.

These mosquitoes, which act as vectors for diseases like Zika, dengue and yellow fever, strongly prefer human odour over the odour of animals.

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