You are waging war mosquito ? What if you start by choosing the right people clothes colors ? According to a recent study published in the scientific journal Nature, certain colors will appeal to them more.
To arrive at this observation, researchers from Shingon University (Japan) conducted a series of experiments on Three types mosquito vector diseases : Aedes aegypti, but also Anopheles stephensi and Culex quinquefasciatus.
The first type is often confused with the tiger mosquito: this type transmits viruses such as Yellow fever, dengue, or chikungunya. Anopheles stephensi is the main vector of malaria The Culex quinquefasciatus in particular publishes Nile fever.
Scientists released 50 female mosquitoes, because only females bite
The researchers used a wind tunnel equipped with cameras to track the mosquitoes’ flight paths. A tunnel is designed to trick them into operating normally.
On the floor of the tunnel there were two colored dots: one of them represented Desired color The other is a control (white). Some color swatches have been chosen to mimic different skin tones, including swatches that represent the color of suntan lotions.
Free the scientists 50 female mosquito (because only females give birth) in a wind tunnel, where it naturally sought a host. an hour after carbon dioxide (CO2) It was launched into a wind tunnel. Once this step is over, the mosquitoes will have set their sights on their favorite colors.
The experts also wanted to test the attractiveness of the insects according to the color of their skin. They concluded that they are not attracted to a specific skin color. Obviously, all skin tones can appeal to them.
On the other hand, some clothes colors It will be especially desirable. Preview in pictures.