|Mosquito Bait (Photo by Billertl)|
Business Insider reports that mosquitoes are attracted to certain humans, but not to others. This has much to do with scent, which is highly influenced by the skin’s microbial colonies.
The more diverse the colonies, the better protected the skin is from mosquitoes. Colonies that produce a lot of lactic acid particularly attract mosquitoes that transmit dengue and Zika.
Lactic acid is “also found in milk and cheese.” Zika-bearing mosquitoes are greatly attracted to Limburger cheese, “which tends to smell like [human] body odor.”
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