It can be a hard thing to tell, but if you find that an attraction attracts bugs, you might be getting a bit too close to the wild, according to a new study.
Researchers from the University of Missouri’s School of Natural Sciences and the University at Buffalo’s College of Veterinary Medicine, along with researchers from other institutions, found that bugs are attracted to the “wicked attractions” and “waxwork” that are commonly found at amusement parks.
“It’s hard to explain,” said lead author Dr. Scott Miller, a postdoctoral research associate in the MU College of Natural Science.
“[But] we think it’s related to the fact that these animals are attracted by the smell of the waxwork, and the feeling of the attraction,” Miller said.
The researchers analyzed the odors, textures and colors of the bugs, and their response to the animals.
They also compared the results with other studies.
After identifying the smell and texture of the insects, they compared the numbers of insects that were attracted to those smells to the number of bugs that were repelled by the insects.
And they found that insects attracted to waxwork were more likely to return to the area when a different kind of attraction, such as a circus, was open.
Miller said the results could help guide how to design and manage a theme park or amusement park that attracts bugs.
“A theme park should attract bugs, whether that’s circus or roller coaster,” Miller told ABC News.
“That is one way to get rid of the mosquitoes, which are the main cause of the disease in the park.
For amusement parks, you have to have a good plan for how the park will attract insects and then you can manage it to reduce the number.”
The study, published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, focused on the North Carolina’s Charlotte County, which is home to North Carolina State University.
There, a waxwork attraction was scheduled to open in 2021.
But the attraction was canceled in May, because of the Zika virus outbreak.
Instead, the researchers studied the odours and the response of insects to a different attraction, a circus.
It turns out the bugs attracted to circus-goers were more attracted to “wicking attractions” — a category that includes roller coaster and circus rides.
What attracted the bugs?
The researchers looked at the number and type of insects found in the animals, including the number, shape and size of the animals’ bodies, as well as their overall appearance and behavior.
They also examined the insects’ reactions to a variety of odors.
According to the study, most insects were attracted by certain odors that are present on waxworks.
Those insects that did not respond to certain odours, such.
a. the odor of a circus performer’s mouth, or b. the smell associated with the circus, would not have been attracted to bugs.
These odors are commonly seen at amusement park attractions.
So the researchers looked for patterns in the odor, textures, and colors that might indicate what kind of insects were likely attracted to each attraction.
They identified the three types of insects most likely to be attracted to one of the two types of attraction.
The Odors of Circus-Operators: A circus-operator, or circus worker, would be most likely attracted by a particular kind of odor: A combination of smells.
An example of a combination of the three could be the circus smells coming from a “giant rat” or a “cat” or other animal.
The Scents of Circus Operators: Scents associated with circus-operated attractions include “mushroom” or “spice” or even “chicken”.
The Sounds of Circus Operations: Sounds associated with a circus are “china” or similar to “loud music”.
The study notes that the animals also reacted to different types of attractions, which led to the conclusion that the attraction types could be used to target bugs.
They did not see any connection between the odor and the type of attraction that attracted them.