Light quiz – What really attracts mosquitoes?

Light quiz – What really attracts mosquitoes?

Light quiz

A constant swarm of mosquitoes can be a real nuisance and drive us crazy. But what can we do to get rid of these bloodthirsty fiends other than swatting madly at the pests? Scientists agree when it comes to this topic. Everybody knows that light magically attracts these beasts, which is why we should not switch the lights on near an open window on a hot summer’s evening. It is also obvious that mosquitoes usually prey on kids due to their ‘sweet’ blood. And a bright green tee shirt certainly also attracts those little bloodsuckers. But is this all true?

Question: What really attracts mosquitoes?

a) The blood composition
b) Bright light, especially cool white light
c) An individual’s body odor and the carbon dioxide exhaled

Answer c) is correct: An individual’s body odor and the carbon dioxide exhaled

No, it’s not the light, but a person’s body odor that really attracts mosquitoes. The body odor differs from person to person. This is due to individual biological messengers in the human body which account for the distinctive odor of a man’s or woman’s skin. It’s mainly the mosquitoes' sense of smell that lures them to land on unsuspecting victims. Body sweat is indeed a strong attraction, as well as the carbon dioxide exhaled by every human being. Here’s another tip for you: To keep mosquitoes at bay, wear bright, long and white garments.