You’ve probably have heard some people complain that they are bitten more by mosquitoes than others. There are many people who are more attractive to mosquitoes than others, or could we say tastier. There are various factors that can lead to this. Let’s look at some of them.
Higher Carbon Dioxide Output
One of the things that attracts mosquitoes is carbon dioxide. They can sense it from several feet away. Some factors lead to more carbon dioxide production in some people. High metabolism, pregnancy, and weighing more are some factors that can lead to a higher output of this odorless gas.
Wearing Dark Colors
Mosquitoes can detect you faster if you wear darker colors. They are attracted more to colors such as red, black, or navy blue.
Higher Production of Heat
There are some reasons that may lead to high production of heat. For instance, after a long workout, your body will produce more heat than normal. This may attract mosquitoes to you. The mosquitoes want to bite somewhere they can draw blood more quickly. Where blood is closer to the surface, there will be more heat, and that is where mosquitoes will bite more. That’s why mosquitoes bite the neck, forehead, and wrists.
Having a Beer
Drinking beer makes you more attractive to mosquitoes. This could be explained by the fact that the body produces more heat or you are likely to exhale more carbon dioxide.
Every person has an individual smell that is produced by the glands located in various parts of the body. Even identical twins produce different smells. Research has shown that some smells are more attractive to mosquitoes than others. This is a significant factor that could explain why some people act as mosquito magnets while others are barely bothered by these pesky creatures.
Blood type also influences whether you attract or repel mosquitoes. Blood type O is more attractive to mosquitoes that any other type. People with this type of blood are twice as likely to be bitten as those with blood type B. People with blood type A are the least likely to attract mosquitoes. You’d wonder how mosquitoes tell which blood type we have. Apparently, 85% of people secrete a chemical which informs the mosquito which blood type we have even before they get to us. They are thus likely to choose between different people to get a more scrumptious meal.
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