We reported earlier that research has uncovered that malaria carrying mosquitoes like the smell of dirty feet. Personal experience has shown this writer that they also like the smell of jojoba shampoo. So it stands to reason certain smells will also repel them.

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Scientists from Cardiff University and Rothamsted Research have, for the first time, created tiny molecules which mirror a natural occurring smell known to repel insects.

Not only could they eventually help humans protect themselves against stinging insects and ants, the findings could underpin the development of natural pesticides for plants, reducing farmers’ dependence on chemicals.

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