Four volunteers took part in the study.
Researchers say mosquitoes may be attracted to people who use the most common soap brands, with floral and fruity scents being the most popular among insects.
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Volunteers who washed themselves with three of the four popular types of soap appeared to be more attractive to insects, which liked to feast on them.
The study suggests that rather than helping you go incognito, scents in soaps may make you a more attractive target.
The study, published in the journal iScience, involved four volunteers who provided samples of the fabric they wore as a sleeve, either unwashed or after washing with four different brands of soap.
Scientists believe that mosquitoes may be attracted to soap because when they are not feeding on blood, they supplement their sugar intake with plant nectars.
Clement Winauger, who led the work at the Polytechnic Institute and Virginia State University, said: “The fact that we take these floral and fruity scents and put them on our bodies means that now the same object smells like a flower and a person at the same time. . It would be like waking up and smelling something like coffee and muffins. Very appealing.”
The study also found that soap affects different people differently, so a person’s smell can still be a deciding factor in whether or not you get bitten.
Dr. Winauger added: “It is remarkable that the same person who is extremely attractive to mosquitoes when unwashed can become even more attractive to mosquitoes with one soap and then repel mosquitoes with another soap.”
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