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Repel Mosquitoes with — Chocolate?!

By May 29, 2012

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mosquitoMosquito repellents come in any number of forms and fragrances (both those that work and those that don't.)  Retail stores have everything from DEET and citronella candles to timed sprays and ultrasonic devices. But, if Anandasankar Ray, an entomologist at University of California Riverside is correct, instead of buying any of these things, you may soon be able to repel them with chocolate.

According to a FoxNews article,  Ray and other researchers are close to developing fragrances with carmelized chocolate, mint or fruit smells that will attract and stun mosquitoes' carbon dioxide sensors. It is the carbon dioxide that humans emits that is a primary attractant of these biting insects.

If the research pans out in a formula as natural as it would seem, we could soon see a new method of environmental control for mosquitoes.


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