Mosquitos carrying a virus that can infect humans, causing brain swelling and death, has been found in Florida. Here’s what you need to know.
A recent study published in the Journal of Insect Science aimed to find the most efficient insect repellent, and included some tried and tested solutions like OFF spray. The study, which was conducted at New Mexico State’s Molecular Vector Physiology Lab, included the perfume to dispel the myth that fruity, floral perfumes attract mosquitoes. “There was some previous literature that said fruity, floral scents attracted mosquitoes, and to not wear those,” researcher Stacy Rodriguez explained in a press release.
Like heat-seeking missiles, they can zero in on you from up to 35 meters away by the amount of carbon dioxide you release, and some of us emit more than others based on our metabolic rate. Evidently, the bigger you are the more carbon dioxide you exhale, which is why pregnant women and overweight people are more tempting targets than, say, kids. If you opt for a commercial insect repellent, you can’t beat DEET (N,N-Diethyl-3-Methylbenzamide) products containing at least a 15 per cent concentration (avoid using it on kids, as it’s been linked to toxic encephalopathy).