# Why is it easier to catch mosquitoes with your hand when your hand is wet?

Recently I've noticed that it's significantly easier for me to catch a mosquito with my hand if my hand is very wet (e.g. from having washed my hands and not yet dried them, or from being in the shower).

It seems as though when my hand is dry it creates a cushion of air which pushes the mosquito out of my grasp as I close my fingers, and it seems that for some reason that doesn't happen to nearly the same extent (if at all) when my hand is wet. I also wonder if having my hands covered in a mix of water and soap might produce a stronger effect, although I haven't tried this enough to say for sure.

It seems likely to be some interaction between the water and the air, but I'm wondering if any physicists could provide more information.

Alternatively, maybe it's just that the mosquito is briefly sticking to my hand if it makes contact with my hand when my hand is wet, which is giving my hand enough time to close around the mosquito?