Mosquitoes on a Diet? | DynaTrap Mosquito & Insect Trap
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Mosquitoes on a Diet?

Did you know female mosquitoes can consume 2-3 times their weight in blood?! Fortunately, scientists may have found a way to curb their appetite – diet drugs. In recent tests, scientists found that the diet drugs made the mosquitoes feel as though they had just feasted on blood, giving them the feeling that they were full. This resulted in the mosquitoes losing interest in biting, as their main reason for doing so is to feed on blood. The reason it works is ultimately the same reason it works for humans. (Believe it or not, we share a fairly large amount of genes!) These drugs are appetite suppressants. They work by targeting hunger receptors and tricking the body into into thinking it is full. Scientists were able to replicate this occurrence in mosquitoes by feeding them a saline solution combined with the diet drugs. The goal of this experiment is not to determine a way to completely wipe out the mosquito population, but rather to reduce the number of mosquitoes and possibly annihilate the species that are responsible for the spread of infectious diseases. While these tests are still in the early stages, the results are promising.