Swatting Mosquitoes Teaches Them To Avoid You

Swatting Mosquitoes Teaches Them To Avoid You

Swatting Mosquitoes Teaches Them To Avoid You

The mosquitoes avoided the human body odor, suggesting that they had been successfully trained.

"Once mosquitoes learned odors in an aversive manner, those odors caused aversive responses on the same order as responses to DEET, which is one of the most effective mosquito repellents", said researcher Jeffrey Riffell.

In the first experiment, the researchers paired a particular odor with a mechanical shock (effectively mimicking what a swat would feel like using a vortex mixer). Researchers believe their new finding about how mosquitoes learn can provide better control of the pests.

Researchers have found that mosquitoes can learn to associate a particular odour with an unpleasant sensation similar to being swatted.

They can actually learn to associate movements like swatting or shivering with human odors, according to a. What they saw is that the neural activity in the brain region where olfactory information is processed was modulated by dopamine in such a way that odors were easier to discriminate, and potentially learn, by the mosquitoes.

Researchers knew that mosquitoes don't randomly decide which individuals to bite.

A tethered, flying Aedes aegypti mosquito. This study, produced by researchers at Virginia Tech, looked into what prompted that switch, and it found out not only why mosquitoes targeted certain people but also that they had an incredible ability to anticipate swats. It's infuriating to the people who are getting bitten, but fascinating to researchers, who have also determined that mosquitoes change their biting behavior seasonally, choosing to feed on birds in the summer and mammals at other times of the year.

The researchers also glued mosquitoes to a custom, 3D-printed miniature "arena" in which the insects could fly in place, while researchers recorded the activity of neurons in the olfactory center of their brains.

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"The mosquito we were testing, Aedes aegypti, specialises on biting humans", Riffell told Alphr. Additional experiments by Riffell and his team showed that dopamine is also essential in mosquito learning.

Those neurons were less likely to fire in mosquitoes whose genetic code was tweaked to disable their dopamine response.

A mosquito that's been given a bacteria to help prevent them from spreading diseases.

"By understanding how mosquitoes are making decisions on whom to bite, and how learning influences those behaviours, we can better understand the genes and neuronal bases of the behaviours", Riffell said. "This could lead to more effective tools for mosquito control".

"In both cases, we think dopamine is a critical component", said Riffell.

They attributed this ability to dopamine, a neurotransmitter that sends signals to other parts of our brain.

The study was published January 25 in the journal Current Biology. In addition to Vinauger, Lahondere and Riffel, the authors include Gabriella Wolff, Lauren Locke, Jessica Liaw and Jay Parrish from UW, plus UC-Riverside's Omar Akbari and Caltech's Michael Dickinson. The project is supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Air Force Office of Sponsored Research, the National Science Foundation, and more.

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