Whew, that stinks!
If you've ever smelled a mosquito gravid trap, you know it's not heaven-scent. This isn’t about the aroma...
Culex quinquefasciatus laying eggs
Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito laying eggs. (Photo by Samuel Woo, UC Davis)
Water for mosquito gravid trap
This container of "smelly" water is being used by UC Davis entomology graduate student Tara Thiemann for her gravid mosquito traps. Gravid traps attract blood-fed mosquitoes ready to lay their eggs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
We know it works, but how?
Just how does DEET work? Does it jam the senses of a mosquito? Does it mask the smell of...
Culex quinquefasciatus, the Southern house mosquito, finishes feeding on non-DEET treated skin. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis researcher Zain Syed (right) sprays DEET on the arm of chemical ecologist Walter Leal. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)