The research all started with smelly feet

The research all started with smelly feet.

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside, placed odor-collecting beads in their own socks to pick up a scent and placed them in an experimental wind tunnel with hungry mosquitoes, where the beads acted as a stand-in for a human.

— Read more at Mosquito Scent-Tracking Discovery Could Lead to Better Repellents at Scientific American.

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  1. 50_Roses says:

    Any effective repellent would be welcome here. I got bitten by mosquitoes the other day while putting up my outdoor Christmas lights. There is just something wrong with that!

    • Robin says:

      You’re kidding, that’s crazy! Sounds like you need some ethyl pyruvate ;-)

    • Omega says:

      There is something wrong with that!

      LOL, when my husband proposed to me, he did it by a river, which was very romantic and even more so because of a couple of deer that decided to show up and lap the water. However, there were HUGE swarms of mosquitoes..they bit us everywhere. Through clothes, jeans..they were hungry. I thought, I am not sure why he’s taking me here and whatever his plans are to do them quickly cause I am getting eaten alive. We had bites all over our face, hands, even on our booties. At least I got a husband out of it though! :D.

    • 50_Roses says:

      Well, we’ve been having high temps at or near 80 this week until the cold front hit yesterday. I know it is miserably cold for much of the U.S., and I don’t wish sleet and ice storms on anyone, but I am actually enjoying the colder temps. We are supposed to be in the 30s and 40s for the next several days, which is how I think it should be this time of year.

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