No matter how well we cover ourselves, female mosquitoes always find a way through the netting. Even bug repellents and lighting citronella candles fail to protect us from them.
Mosquitoes always find a way to seek us out to fulfil their need for proteins to produce their eggs.
Researchers discovered a receptor that mosquitoes use to detect both carbon dioxide (CO2) and skin odour. Female mosquitoes have nerve cells called cpA neurons that have a receptor to detect carbon dioxide.
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Elevated carbon dioxide helps mosquitoes find us even if we are wrapped in a sheet or through clothing, reports the Guardian.
Mosquitoes use a triple threat of visual, olfactory, and thermal cues to detect their targets. Olfactory receptors, the insect smell detectors, allow the mosquito to indulge very particular tastes: blood type and the range of bacteria on the skin.
Female mosquitoes can also distinguish between different types of perspiration.
According to the report, alcohol attracts them.