Is Your Foot Odor Attracting Mosquitos??
Do you have sweaty, smelly feet? This is actually due a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. When the feet sweat, the sweat interacts with normal bacteria on our feet causing foot odor. It has been shown that mosquitos are attracted to human body odors, including foot odor. Actually, in a recent study, researchers found that mosquitoes carrying malaria were three times more likely (than disease free mosquitoes) to be drawn to stinky human feet! So I guess stinky feet are good and bad thing! Bad if you’re at a backyard BBQ, but good for research! It seems that smelly feet may help create traps that target only malaria-containing mosquitos. This puts scientists one step closer to controlling malaria!