Here is THE color that attracts the tiger mosquito the most (and the one it hates)

Here is THE color that attracts the tiger mosquito the most (and the one it hates)
Here is THE color that attracts the tiger mosquito the most (and the one it hates)

Thanks to the study of these researchers, we can prefer certain clothes to others to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes (including tiger mosquitoes).

Summer is here and so are the mosquitoes. If repellents of all kinds are popping up on supermarket shelves, no one can deny that mosquitoes are increasingly resistant to all these more or less chemical products. And the proliferation of the tiger mosquito which also bites during the day doesn’t help matters. Also to reduce the risk of bites, it is good to protect yourself with products but also to avoid certain mistakes that attract them even more. Like wearing certain colors of clothing.

A study published in the journal Nature and conducted by scientists at the University of Washington reveals that tiger mosquitoes, after detecting the carbon dioxide (CO2) that we exhale, are attracted to specific colors. They use smells to distinguish their surroundings, particularly to spot a potential host to bite. When they smell certain compounds like CO2 from our breath, their eyes begin to look for these colors and other visual patterns associated with a potential host.

In their experiments, the researchers observed the behavior of female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (scientific name for tiger mosquitoes) by exposing them to different visual and olfactory stimuli. Without odor stimulation, mosquitoes largely ignored the colored dots. But after a CO2 spray, they moved toward the red, orange, black, or cyan dots, while ignoring the green, blue, or purple dots. The former should therefore be avoided while the latter would seem less risky. Jeffrey Riffell, professor of biology at the University of Washington, explains that mosquitoes are particularly attracted to the red color on our clothes and skin. Because, whatever the shade of our skin, we all emit a strong red signal. Avoiding wearing clothing of this color could therefore be another strategy to prevent bites.

“Imagine you are on a sidewalk and you smell pie and cinnamon, Riffell explained. This is probably a sign that there is a bakery nearby, and you will start looking for it. Here we began to discover what visual elements mosquitoes look for after smelling their own version of a bakery.” This research paves the way for new methods of controlling mosquitoes based on the colors that attract them. Understanding these visual and olfactory preferences could lead to innovative solutions to avoid bites and reduce disease transmission.

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