Perfumes Attract Dengue and Malaria-transmitting Mosquitoes

A medical scientist who analyzes the behavior and biological life of insects has revealed that fragrances do not only allure others but also draw dengue and malaria-transmitting mosquitoes.

The mosquitoes were drawn towards the people who used more perfumes or colognes, who sweat heavily and who clad in dark, cut-sleeves clothes and shorts, as told by Dr. Estrella Cruz, an entomologist at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) on Tuesday.

The behaviour of the mosquitoes was revealed by Cruz at a Health forum on “Balancing the Department of Health’s Actions on Dengue” sponsored by the Philippine College of Physicians in Quezon City.

He said, “Mosquitoes are attracted to hundreds of stimuli. They can smell humans, more so when you spray perfume or when you sweat”.

Dengue, which is transmitted from mosquitoes, usually cause menace for children and people with feeble immune system. The disease spreads through mosquito bites. It has caused worry for more than 50,000 people and took life of at least 500, as told by the Department of Health.

Two mosquitoes, namely the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus are responsible for spreading dengue. Aedes aegypti breed inside the dark premises like under the bed or under the table, while Aedes albopictus dwells outside in clean or stagnant water.

Cruz expressed that the dengue mosquitoes bite usually at the day time. Its peak time in the morning session is between 6 a. m. and 8 a. m. and during late afternoon is between 4 p. m. to 6 p. m.