Malaria mosquitoes, infecting millions of people worldwide, have ingenious ways to find a host. They follow the scent of humans. And, this was recently discovered by Wageningen UR scientists, the heat emitted by the human body is another important guidance tool for mosquitoes that feed on humans during the night.
This knowledge helps to develop more effective mosquito traps. Perhaps warmth can be applied to attract and destroy the insects. Traps that lure mosquitoes with human-like odours are currently being tested in Kenya. This is how Wageningen UR contributes to improving the quality of life.