Mosquitoes home in on halitosis and foot odor
As much as we'd all like to avoid the plague of mosquitoes that seems to attend many summertime camping trips, it may not happen this year, or any other year. Recent research has confirmed that the little blood suckers home in on bad breath, as well as foot odor, which is one reason why people with halitosis may wish to try an oral care probiotics kit.
Believe it or not, a researcher at the Netherlands' Wageningen University and Research Center found that when they are far away, African malaria mosquitoes, also known by their species name, Anopheles gambiae, use nasal receptors to smell the carbon dioxide on your breath.
Even more unusual is that, in the last few feet before they hit bloody paydirt, these creatures stop following the scent of your breath and start homing in on your feet.
That's right. Mosquitoes of this variety prefer to bite the feet of all places, although they will apparently settle for whatever they can get their proboscises into. Many people with halitosis may be interested to know that the condition shares a similar origin with foot odor. Both are caused by anaerobic bacteria, which thrive in moisture, though not too much of it.