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How mosquitoes are drawn to human skin and breath

December 5, 2013

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Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have found that the very receptors in the mosquito's maxillary palp that detect carbon dioxide (CO2) are ones that detect skin odors as well, thus explaining why mosquitoes are attracted to skin odor--smelly socks, worn clothes, bedding--even in the absence of CO2.Full Story

University of California, Riverside

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