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5 things that make you irresistible to mosquitoes


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Ah, summertime! That warm and wonderful time of year synonymous with bike rides and backyard barbecues. The downside, though, is that you're going to get bit, unless you're in the lucky minority (15 percent) of people that mosquitoes tend to avoid. As it turns out, a fertile combination of odors, body heat, and chemical compounds exuded from the skin make certain folks more susceptible to bug bites than others. Here, in no particular order, are five things that may make you — you tasty human, you — more delectable to the blood-sucking menaces than your peers:

 

1. Booze
Here's some bad news: Consuming alcohol may make your blood tastier to mosquitoes, according to a 2011 French study. Researchers discovered that the alcoholic equivalent of three cans of beer can lead to 30 percent more bug bites, at least for men in a controlled laboratory setting.

 

Although it's unclear why the insects prefer their humans boozed up (it may have something to do with warmer body temperatures), mosquitoes have also been shown to feed on fermenting fruit and plants from time to time. In fact, a special enzyme that helps the insects break down alcohol before it hits the nervous system might allow them to drink you, a much-larger creature, under the table. According to Popular Science, "Bugs are no lightweights, often withstanding vapor concentrations of 60 percent alcohol." That's far more than the buzz from a few beers. And no, that isn't a challenge.

 

2. Exercise
As it turns out, mosquitoes are big fans of your chiseled summer bod. According to a 2008 study, exercise triggers a trifecta of biological signals that make your fleshy exterior especially delicious to the blood-thirsty pests. "The main things are how you smell and how hot you are," Susan Paskewitz, a University of Wisconsin-Madison entomology professor, tells the New York Times. Body temperature, carbon dioxide in the breath, and chemicals like lactic acid (which builds up in the muscles when we work out) all serve to paint a big, blinking arrow that tells mosquitoes exactly where their next meal is going to be.

 

3. Blood type
People with type O blood are much more susceptible to mosquito bites than other blood groups, per a 2004 study. The insects were a whole 83 percent (!!!) more likely to quietly land on someone with type O blood than someone with type B, A, or even AB, especially if they secreted a chemical marker through their skin.

 

4. Being a dude
Bad news for the bros: A report in the Annals of Internal Medicine discovered that men are more likely to be attacked by bugs than women. According to the study, "Larger persons tend to attract more mosquitoes, perhaps because of their greater relative heat or carbon dioxide."

 

5. Pregnancy
As if pregnant women weren't already dealing with enough bodily discomfort, increased body temperatures and carbon dioxide output may make them — especially their warm bellies — the ideal target for the buzzing little plasma-suckers. A 2000 study in the Lancet found that pregnant women attracted twice as many mosquitoes as their non-preggo peers.

So what's the lesson here? If you are a tiny, non-carrying female with type AB blood who plans on never exercising, consuming an alcoholic beverage, or spending any time outdoors whatsoever this summer, congratulations! You've won the mosquito-bite aversion lottery.

 

For everyone else, though, it is recommended that you slather on insect repellant under your sunscreen before heading outside. (WebMD has a list of six highly recommended repellents here.) And even then: Try not to scratch too much when the inevitable happens. Good luck!

 

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I must be very lucky.   Having travelled extensively around India, and South East Asia I never once got bitten by a mosquito, when all around me were constantly being bitten.   The only time I have ever had mosquito bites was in Nigeria, and then about 10/12 bites in 12 months, when others I was living and working with were getting dozens every night.

They mustn't like the way I smell, that's OK with me.

Oh, and my daughter's the same.   She's spent more time than me travelling around South East Asia, and she's never had a mosquito bite.

Maybe I should offer myself for research at School of Tropical medicine?

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Breathing. Mosquitos are attracted to CO2.

I hear consuming Brewers Yeast acts as a repellant. Give it a shot. Can't hurt and it's good for you. B Vitamins and protein.

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Did not know that about O blood type because I get bit all the time.

I have same blood type as you and got bitten all the time , so i use spray repellent from 7-11 shop, very good.

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"4. Being a dude
Bad news for the bros: A report in the Annals of Internal Medicine discovered that men are more likely to be attacked by bugs than women. According to the study, "Larger persons tend to attract more mosquitoes, perhaps because of their greater relative heat or carbon dioxide."

 

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Breathing. Mosquitos are attracted to CO2.

I hear consuming Brewers Yeast acts as a repellant. Give it a shot. Can't hurt and it's good for you. B Vitamins and protein.

i been going to Patts for yrs now an 1 month before i go i eat 2 crackers on marmite and i have never been bothered yet with mossies give it a try

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CO2 in breath certainly attracts the mossies ... with a bit of skill you can lure them close .. and wack .. clap between your hands !

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They like beer drinkers best, did not know about the blood type, those things always attack me, I have type B.  I don't know about the dude thing as my girl frient gets bitten twice as much as me.  I did not know that exercise was an attraction to them, must keep that in mind as i exercise a little bit.  Don't think about them too much. 

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Well I don't exercise and I'm not pregnant....3/5 ain't too bad I guess. :)

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i agree with everything except point 3. blood type doesn't affect ability to attract mosquitoes)) no sweet blood))

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