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Mosquitoes fatally attracted to deadly, sweet-smelling potion

20:00 EDT 22 Aug 2017 | AAAS

(American Chemical Society) Mosquitoes have a sweet tooth, relying on plant nectar to survive. Exploiting this weakness, scientists have developed an environmentally friendly eradication method whereby the pests gorge themselves on insecticides laced with a concoction that mimics the sweet-smelling scents and aromas that they find irresistible. It could bolster efforts to suppress malaria, Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. The researchers are presenting their results at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

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