Promising new research re: CO2

by bugzinthehood on March 7, 2007

in bed bugs, tools and weapons

by bugzinthehood

Although this article is about mosquitos, bed bugs are attracted to our Co2 also.

How to Cut the Mosquito’s Sensitivity to Carbon Dioxide?

… the tinny buzzy devils that transform our nights in real nightmares and transmit fatal diseases like malaria or West Nile fever are guided to our bodies by a GPS that is turned on by the carbon dioxide we exhale.

A team at Rockefeller University has found two proteins in carbon dioxide-sensing neurons in drosophila fruit flies and mosquitoes; further research could help developing better insect repellants to protect us against disease or annoyance.


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