Naked Scientist explains why mosquitoes 'discriminate' who they bite

Every Friday at 10am, Eusebius McKaiser opens the lines to take science questions from listeners. Dr Chris Smith, famously known as a Naked Scientist, satisfies listeners' curiosity about the world.

One listener asked why mosquitoes are selective about who they bite.

It is scientifically proven that mosquitoes are discriminatory insects.

Dr Chris Smith says there people who attract mosquitoes and those who smell bad to mosquitoes.

We don't know exactly what is causing this, but research has identified some of them.

Dr Chris Smith, Naked Scientist

It seems there are people who just make certain combinations of odorants that mosquitoes really love, and other people make these odorants that mosquitoes hate.

Dr Chris Smith, Naked Scientist

I'm an individual that's doesn't get bitten by mosquitoes.

Dr Chris Smith, Naked Scientist

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