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Rudzani Mutshinya  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Chris,
 
Why do mosquitoes, without fail, target the human ear for a playground especially during night time. It gets even worse when the lights are off.

Thank you.
 
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Rudzani Mutshinya

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 02/08/2013 19:30:02 by _system »


 

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Re: Why do mosquitoes target certain parts of the body?
« Reply #1 on: 03/08/2013 01:25:22 »
I'm not sure I've ever gotten bitten on the ear.  At least not a lot. 
However, the human ear can easily tune into the buzzing sound of the mosquito. 

Obviously they target parts of the body with the least hair or clothing, face, arms, hands, ankles, etc. 

Mosquitoes are sensitive to exhaled Carbon Dioxide (CO2), so perhaps they would be more attracted to one's face than one's toes.
 

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Re: Why do mosquitoes target certain parts of the body?
« Reply #2 on: 05/08/2013 11:27:33 »
What you will notice is that the little buggers prefer to bite wherever blood vessels are close to the skin surface.
 

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