So how do these mosquitoes find their blood meals? Similar to the way a bed bug locates a host, mosquitoes take advantage of the carbon dioxide (CO2) exhaled by prospective hosts. The carbon dioxide is the first directional in finding a host. Malaria mosquitoes in particular are attracted to specific locations on the human body. This location is usually the feet of humans. In the research conducted by Remco Suer, if was discovered that the foot odors detected by the malaria mosquitoes are actually the defining factors in where they should bite their selected victims.
What does this tell us? When outdoors in an area with mosquito populations, many people think to wear protective clothing. Perhaps closed shoes (with clean feet!) should be added to the clothing requirements.