Forget mosquito repellent. Sleeping next to a chicken will keep mosquitoes at bay

Scientists have found that the smell of fowl sends the blood-sucking bugs packing.

And while the method may sound bizarre, it could save the lives some of the 3.2 billion people at risk of malaria, for example.

To test the theory, volunteers slept in beds surrounded by mosquito nets.

They found the much-loathed insects steered clear of their room when a cage containing a live chicken, or its feathers, was suspended outside the bed.

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