Someone asked online, why is it easy to recruit mosquitoes when eating bananas, is it easy for bananas to recruit mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes do mainly pass odors. They are sensitive to odors. Mosquitoes look for “food” mainly through the smell of carbon dioxide and sweat. If they are both, they will not hesitate to pour “delicious.” Therefore, when people sweat a lot and breathe a lot, it is especially easy to recruit mosquitoes. But the smell of sweat itself does not attract mosquitoes. In fact, mosquitoes don’t like odors. For example, the taste of garlic is very annoying. If you smell it, you will quickly escape. Mosquitoes like sweat because some ingredients in the sweat, such as lactic acid, once the mosquito smells, they think there is “food” in front, not only for people, but also for other animal mosquitoes.
Because mosquitoes are sensitive to odors, they may be able to distinguish fruits of various tastes, but whether they like banana flavor, no one has done experiments in this area. So does the banana contain substances similar to those in sweat? The reporter asked Professor Wang Liangwei of the College of Horticulture of Nanjing Agricultural University. He said that the smell of fruit mainly comes from esters. Some esters have the same ingredients as human odors. Some of the odors in bananas may be similar to the smell of human sweat.
Bananas are tropical fruits. In tropical and subtropical regions, the variety and quantity of mosquitoes are relatively high, and the chances of biting people are more. In Hainan, there is a saying like “three mosquitoes and one dish”. Perhaps the mosquito is familiar with the smell of tropical fruits, and may also like this taste, so it will have a closeness to the banana, but this is only a guess.