5 Things That Make You More Attractive To Mosquitoes

July 24, 2017


Although it seems like they will bite anyone who is nearest, mosquitoes do in fact choose their prey, and it can depend on a variety of factors.

According to numerous scientific researches, there are solid indicators that support the claims that there are many factors that make mosquitoes pick YOU as their victims.

Yes, there are certain things that might make you more attractive to these blood-sucking bastards, some of which you can actually change.

In that name, here are 5 main things that make you a mosquito treat.

1. Carbon Dioxide And Larger People

Mosquitoes will attack you more if you emit more carbon dioxide. This unfortunately means larger people and pregnant women will be more interesting in the eyes of a hungry mosquito.

2. Working Out

On the other hand, if you work out regularly you might also be more susceptible to mosquito bites because exercising produces lactic acid which attracts these little blood suckers via your sweat.

3. Beer

Yep, if you drink beer, you are more likely to attract mosquitoes, several studies have shown.

4. Skin Bacteria

Mosquito bites are only skin deep. Scientists claim that the type and amount of bacteria on your skin can play a huge role in making you more or less attractive to these insects. The equation goes something like this:

The less bacteria you have on your skin, the more likely you are to be bitten.

5. Blood Type

Thorough research has found that people with Type O blood are twice as attractive to mosquitoes than persons who have Type A blood. Type B people are somewhere in between.

All in all, you should be doing everything you can to avoid and prevent mosquito bites as these annoying little rascals are known to transmit deadly diseases like:

  • Zika,
  • malaria,
  • yellow fever,
  • dengue,
  • Chikungunya, and
  • West Nile virus.

“So even though the traits that attract the bugs aren’t fully understood, it’s wise to try to reduce your allure as much as you can,” warn folks over at IFL Science.

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