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Still Waters

First-ever evidence mosquitoes can be trained

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Still Waters

The next time you spot a mosquito alighting on your arm for a sip, definitely take aim. Even if you miss, there’s a good chance the pest won’t target you next time.

It turns out that by slapping at a mosquito about to bite, the insect learns to associate that near-death encounter with your personal scent and avoid you in the future. The work, appearing this week in Current Biology, marks the first time anyone has shown that mosquitoes are capable of learning and remembering.

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/swat-mosquitoes-repellent-memory-learning-health-science/

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A new experiment has revealed that mosquitoes are able to remember when a person tries to swat them.

Translation: one shot, one kill. Make it count.

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rodentraiser

This isn't a surprise. Have you ever noticed that the longer you try to hunt down and swat a fly, the harder it gets because they quit landing on easy to swat places?

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Dyna

Hum, in my experience if you swat a skeeter, they come back and go to your back or foot. They sneak instead of coming right at you but they still come after you.

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18 hours ago, rodentraiser said:

This isn't a surprise. Have you ever noticed that the longer you try to hunt down and swat a fly, the harder it gets because they quit landing on easy to swat places?

Yes and they hide if you pick up a magazine and roll it up or pick up a swatter. I think every creature is smarter than we think!

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