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I need a mosquito to bite me

Postby tester » Wed May 18, 2005 6:00 am

I am doing a documentary for college about this particulary bloodsuckers, and i am planning on recording one biting my arm for the sake of science (and grades), unfortunately, when i capture them i put them on my arm and they absolutely refuse to bite me, they kind of keep walking over my arm. Note that i am completely sure it's a female specimen. Is there any way to "convince" it to bite me so that i might record it (as opposed to biting me when i am distracted).
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Re: I need a mosquito to bite me

Postby Tam » Wed May 18, 2005 10:50 am

:?

yummy... malaria anyone?

According to Wikipedia:

"The females of blood sucking species locate their victims primarily through scent, they are extremely sensitive to the carbon dioxide in exhaled breath, as well as several substances found in sweat. Some people seem to attract mosquitoes more than others. Being male, being overweight, and having type 'O' blood may increase the risk of being bitten. Mosquitoes can detect heat, so they can find warm-blooded mammals and birds very easily once they get close enough."

other than that, i guess all you can do is practise patience... :)
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Postby mith » Wed May 18, 2005 1:40 pm

I've heard somewhere that eating bananas increases your attractiveness to mosquitos too.
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Postby Tam » Wed May 18, 2005 3:51 pm

mithrilhack wrote:I've heard somewhere that eating bananas increases your attractiveness to mosquitos too.
how does that make sense?
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Postby mith » Wed May 18, 2005 8:15 pm

I'm not sure myself...it has something to do with how we metabolize banana oils.
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Postby Beetle » Thu May 19, 2005 1:01 am

Interesting problem. :D

Try starving them for a few days. Or you could just go somewhere in the woods in the evening. I`m sure you`ll get more mosquitos than you can handle. :D I think that swet also attract them.
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Postby abstemious_entity » Thu May 19, 2005 3:39 am

Aren't they attracted to rich decomposing organic matter? i know at least that flies are...and the females that plan to breed. maybe you could try experimenting on raw meat and see how it works. and if they do work...i think you know what to do next... :roll:
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Postby nmrvictim » Thu May 19, 2005 4:31 am

I heard the smell of garlics helps to attract mosquitos... :roll:
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Postby James » Thu May 19, 2005 2:47 pm

I think excess amounts of CO2 would be the most likely way to catch a lot, which is how mosquito traps work.
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Postby mith » Thu May 19, 2005 6:31 pm

yeah, most have a propane burner next to a mosquito killer/trap.
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Postby MrMistery » Thu May 19, 2005 7:08 pm

Put them in a box and let them go hungry for a few days. After that i bet they willbe just begging to bite you
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Postby Madrick » Tue May 24, 2005 4:25 pm

Just go work out for about 10-30 min. You should sweat enough to attract some if you go outside. Make sure you turn off the A/C when you work out.
This is just theoretical, I can't ay that you absolutly WILL get bitten.
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