How mosquitoes use your body chemistry to pick you for their next meal

May 20, 2023

At close range, mosquitoes use visual cues and body warmth to seek their prey. So scientists built a huge new arena to get to the root of mosquitoes’ human-seeking instincts in the wild. What’s next for mosquito researchers? But the search for an explanation for why mosquitoes prefer some humans to others will probably defy a simple answer. Using certain kinds of soap, even ones that leave behind a smell dominated by a chemical known to repel mosquitoes, paradoxically increase people’s attractiveness to mosquitoes.