Using a lure made from a blend of eight chemicals that mimic the odor of smelly socks, a researcher in Tanzania recently built a trap to attract and kill mosquitoes. It turns out that human foot odor is irresistible to them.
In Tanzania, mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance, they also transmit malaria, a disease that takes the lives of almost 800,000 each year, most of them children in Africa.
The researcher recently received a $750,000 grant to try to develop an affordable trap using his newfound knowledge. Dubbed the “Smelly Socks Project,” it could signal a breakthrough in what has been a long battle in the fight against malaria in Africa.
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