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Mosquitoes Attracted to Beer

New research shows mosquitoes prefer victims who've been drinking

Bad news, backcountry boozers: Scientists have discovered mosquitoes are attracted to beer. Even worse, they prefer to attack people who've been drinking over those who haven't. Bastards.

It gets nastier. The research was specifically conducted to help gauge malaria risk in Burkina Faso, and the type of mosquitoes attracted to beer drinkers transmit malaria. Scientists draw the conclusion that these factors should be considered in public health campaigns to help prevent malaria in Africa.

No details on whether North American mosquito threats like West Nile virus could be affected, but it's probably a safe bet that mosquitoes here would behave similarly. Rocky over at the Goat makes a great point, though:
Fortunately, drinking a lot of beer makes you care less about getting bitten by mosquitoes and encourages building really big campfires that help keep the pests away.
Couldn't have said it better myself, Rock.

I'm generally in favor of letting animals carry on with as little human intervention as possible, but if this isn't a solid argument for the total eradication of a species, I don't know what is. Mosquitoes a're hitting us where it really hurts—in our beer guts.

—Ted Alvarez

via the Goat

Image Credit: Cote


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Jul 28, 2011

I collect aluminum cans for pocket money. Piles of beer cans attract swarms of mosquitoes. It seems to be the smell rather than the moisture; I've seen the critters come swarming while I'm crushing the cans. Death to the buggers!

Eric Nelson
Sep 21, 2010

Well this really blows! Guess I just gotta add more repellent to my clothing. I AM NOT GIVING UP MY MALT BEVERAGES!

Sep 20, 2010

Hey Brandon who cares what kind of beer you drink.

Apr 30, 2010

Myself, I've found that drinking bourbon doesn't appear to have the same magnetic effect. In fact, my experience is that I got bit more if I'm not enjoying a cocktail at the same time. Maybe the folks in Burkina Faso should switch from beer to corn whiskey?

Apr 30, 2010

If the mosquito's are only attracted to Bud Light, I will be fine. I drink craft beer. (:

Susen Trail
Apr 30, 2010

The comparison of water to beer is not adequate to indicate that beer, specifically, is the attractant.

Since mosquitos find their prey by the carbon dioxide in exhalate it is most likely that the mosquitos were attracted both by the release of carbon dioxide in the drink and increased carbon dioxide in the breath of the drinker.

A more appropriate study would have compared carbonated soda to beer.

Apr 29, 2010

Another reason to be glad I don't like beer.


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