It might be cold in Florida for now, but we all too well that sweltering summer heat is not far away. In fact, it might even sound like a welcome switch at this point. However, along with the warmth comes…
These bastards. Mosquitoes.
Good news though! A new study published in the journal Current Biology reports that one way to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes is to…swat them. Like, a lot. It turns out, these little guys are actually pretty smart and will supposedly learn to leave you alone if you swat them frequently and aggressively.
Here’s how it works: Like dogs, mosquitoes remember the smell of each person and can eventually recognize your scent as being a big swat.
“Once mosquitoes learned odors in an adversive manner, those odors caused adversive responses on the same order as responses to DEET, which is one of the most effective mosquito repellents,” said researcher Jeffrey Riffell. “Moreover, mosquitoes remember the trained odors for days.”
So, there you have it. When it comes time for fun in the sun, remember:
Swat it like it’s hot. And enjoy this classic while you’re at it.