Swatting at mosquitoes really can keep them away!

posted by Laura Anderson -

Swatting a mosquito over and over can get tiresome, and you may feel like you're not getting anywhere-- but new research says your effort isn't entirely in vain. 

University of Washington, Seattle researchers trained mosquitoes by pairing a specific human or animal's odor with a mechanical shock meant to stimulate what a mosquito might experience when a person tried to swat at them. 

They found the bugs quickly learned the association between a specific odor and the shock and used that information to decide where to fly. 

As a result, the mosquitoes avoided those scents. In other words, swatting at a mosquito might mean they'll avoid flying near you after a while. (Daily Mail

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