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Why sugar may stop mosquito bites

Posted: 12:23 PM, May 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-12 12:23:06-04
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TAMPA, Fla. — Feeding sugar to mosquitoes may keep them from biting humans, according to Insider Science.

When the bloodsucking insects are given sugar, it causes them to express more of a specific protein that can curb their attraction to humans.

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Insider cites a new study that tests the theory. Researches fed a solution of sugar to young female mosquitoes then tested to see how interested they were in human blood.

To do this, they used a plastic cup with a screen that they held up to their hands. According to Insider, the mosquitoes weren't interested in the blood after indulging in the sugar solution. And, the disinterest lasted up to five or six days, according to the study.

Researches say the information is important because it can be used to develop non-lethal ways to suppress mosquito bites, Insider says.

To read the full Insider Science article click here. For more information on the study click here.