September 11, 2013

Masking Our Scent So We Don’t Get Bit

Previously published research revealed that mosquitoes prefer certain blood types and humans secrete a chemical to let mosquitoes know that you are “their type.” A new study presented at a meeting of the American Chemical Society found that lactic acid, a common component of human sweat, was a top lure for mosquitoes. But scientists also discovered that the substance, 1-methypiperzine that naturally occurs in human skin, can actually block a mosquito’s sense of smell. They say the compound could be synthesized for use in lotions, cosmetics, and clothing. One researcher put it in plain English, “if a mosquito can’t sense that dinner is ready, there will be no buzzing, no landing, and no bite!”

[ Read the Article: Chemical Compound Could Mask Human Smells From Mosquitoes ]

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