Are you a mosquito magnet? Do these flying pests seem to swarm you while leaving your significant other unbothered? While you can't necessarily change some of the factors that attract mosquitos to you, understanding why they love you so much can help demystify their attraction. Here, the MosquitoNix experts break down five reasons why mosquitoes like some people more than others.
1. Blood Type
While mosquitos do not rely solely on human blood to survive, females require the protein in blood for reproduction. Studies have shown that these pesky pests prefer specific blood types, with type O being their favorite and type B being their least favorite.
Carbon dioxide is a siren song for mosquitos; they cannot resist it! And because carbon dioxide is a natural component of our exhalations, we attract mosquitos with every breath that comes out of our mouths. This means that people who exhale more often than others, whether they're engaged in physical exercise or panting for some other reason, are irresistible to mosquitoes. The fact that gassy air is constantly expelled from our noses and mouths explains why mosquitos love to buzz our heads and faces.
If you want to steer clear of mosquitoes, you may have to put down your favorite brew. Mosquitos are attracted to people who drink beer, though scientists aren't entirely sure why. It may have to do with the higher ethanol content in beer drinkers' sweat may be the attraction. Either that, or mosquitos are lushes.
4. Heat and Sweat
In addition to carbon dioxide, mosquitos can smell the lactic acid, uric acid and ammonia in our sweat. Those compounds make warm, sweaty humans seem like an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord to the pesky flyers. If your body temp runs hot and you perspire often, it may be the reason why mosquitos can't get enough of you.
Finally, something you can control! Mosquitos have much keener vision than one might think, especially later in the afternoon. So ditch the dark colors (especially red!) and opt for lighter shades if you want to disappear from these pests' radar.
At the end of the day, every human being is a mosquito magnet! Make sure your
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