Neighborhoods impact mosquito bite risk

Neighborhoods impact mosquito bite risk
Researchers spent two years in Baltimore, Maryland analyzing DNA from mosquito stomachs. (Source: FOX 8 graphic)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Your neighborhood impacts your risk of suffering from mosquito bites.

Researchers spent two years in Baltimore, Maryland analyzing DNA from mosquito stomachs. They found mosquitoes were most abundant in low-income neighborhoods. At the same time, those bugs appeared to prefer biting rats over people. While there were fewer mosquitoes in higher-income neighborhoods, the bugs there appeared to use humans more as a food source. Overall, the researchers estimate middle income neighborhoods are probably where most people suffer bites.

You can read more about their study in the journal Parasites and Vectors.

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