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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Limburger Cheese Bait

LONDON, () -- Scientists from around the world are flocking to Africa with bundles of stinky cheese to test the hypothesis that mosquitoes like smelly feet, a Dutch entomologist said Friday. "I have been informed that medical entomologists are now buying Limburger cheese and taking it to mosquito-infested areas around the globe," Bart Knols of Wageningen Agricultural University wrote in a letter to the Lancet medical journal.

They hope to isolate whatever chemical it is that strong cheese and unclean feet have in common and use it to bait mosquito traps, Knols said.

The ideas are based on research showing that it is smell that attracts the hungry female mosquitoes.