Its Golf season on Samui! You’re out on the course enjoying the sun and grilling your last score.
You look down at your arm and see a painful, swelling mosquito bite. Moments later, you feel another one bite you. All you want is a good game of golf on the tropical paradise of Samui, but what can you do to protect yourself? And even more importantly… your game!
Mosquitoes are insects that have been around for more than 30 million years. And it seems that, during those millions of years, mosquitoes have been honing their skills so that they are now experts at finding people to bite. Mosquitoes have a battery of sensors designed to track their prey, including:
Chemical sensors – mosquitoes can sense carbon dioxide and lactic acid up to 100 feet (36 metres) away. Mammals and birds gives off these gases as part of their normal breathing. Certain chemicals in sweat also seem to attract mosquitoes (people who don’t sweat much don’t get nearly as many mosquito bites).
Visual sensors – if you are wearing golf clothing that contrasts with the background, and especially if you move while wearing that clothing, mosquitoes can see you and zero in on you. It’s a good bet that anything moving is “alive”, and therefore full of blood, so this is a good strategy.
Heat sensors – Mosquitoes can detect heat, so they can find warm-blooded mammals and birds very easily once they get close enough.
Something with this many sensors, sounds more like a military aircraft than an insect. That’s why mosquitoes are so good at finding and biting you.