Perfume Attracts Dengue Mosquitoes

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer:

MANILA, Philippines—Perfume, which people use to attract the opposite sex, also attracts dengue and malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, according to a medical scientist who studies the behavior and biological life of insects.

Dr. Estrella Cruz, an entomologist at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM), Tuesday said mosquitoes were attracted to people who sprayed too much perfume or cologne, who sweated profusely, and who wore dark, sleeveless clothing and shorts.

“Mosquitoes are attracted to hundreds of stimuli. They can smell humans, more so when you spray perfume or when you sweat,” Cruz said at a health forum on “Balancing the Department of Health’s Actions on Dengue” sponsored by the Philippine College of Physicians in Quezon City.

The Department of Health said that dengue, a mosquito-borne disease, has afflicted more than 50,000 people, and has killed at least 500 people.

The disease usually affects children and those whose immune system is weak. A mosquito transmits the disease by biting an infected person and then biting someone else.

2 types of mosquitoes


There are two types of dengue mosquitoes in the Philippines—the Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus. The former dwells inside the house, mostly in dark places like the closet, under the bed and under the table, while the latter lives outdoors, mostly in drums and places with stagnant, clean or rain water, as well as in plants.


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5 Responses to Perfume Attracts Dengue Mosquitoes

  1. Caroline Ng May Ling says:


  2. Caroline Ng May Ling says:

    omg! perfume attract mosquitoes?!! 😮

  3. Caroline Ng May Ling says:

    i seldom use perfume. 🙂

  4. Monica says:

    morning GG! 😀

  5. Monica says:

    really? oh no.. i love perfume!

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