For more than 30 years scientists have been searching for compounds that attract mosquitoes. About 300 different chemicals are emitted by human skin, and figuring out which ones mosquitoes are most drawn to is painstaking work. However, U.S.D.A. research entomologist Dr Daniel Kline narrowed down the long list when he decided to use dirty socks as bait. The result: his 3-day-old socks were irresistible to them. They also love Limburger Cheese and the main ingredient in the cheese is a bacterium that’s found on the human foot. Dr Kline also studies bird, cow and flower odors that draw mosquitoes; carefully blending them like perfume to figure out what works best as bait.
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“We feel that you can use attractants in a trapping strategy to divert them from biting people. If you can keep them from biting people you can stop the disease transmission.”
While not every kind of mosquito carries every kind of disease, a single bite from the right mosquito at the right time, and you’re infected. Mega-Catch™
The 3 D’s of Mosquito Control
Many mosquito problems are likely to come from water-filled containers that everyone can help to eliminate. The AMCA recommends following the three ‘Ds’ of mosquito control:
DRAIN – dump, clean or cover all containers around your home and work places.
ALL mosquitoes require water in which to breed. Even the smallest of containers that can collect water can breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes. They don’t need much water to lay their eggs (bottles, barrels, buckets, overturned garbage can lids, etc.)
DRESS – Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Some mosquito species are attracted to dark clothing and some can bite through tight-fitting clothes. When practical, wear long sleeves and pants.
DEFEND – Choose a mosquito repellent that has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency. Registered products have been reviewed, approved, and pose minimal risk for human safety when used according to label directions. Three repellents that are approved and recommended are:
Picaridin (KBR 3023)
Oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-methane 3,8-diol, or PMD)
Read more @ http://www.mosquito.org/
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