Why Mosquitoes are Attracted to Some More Than Others

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Prevent Mosquito Bites

One in ten people are especially more attractive to mosquitoes.

While insect repellent with DEET may protect you, scientists agree there is little knowledge in what is most-effective in fighting off the attack of mosquitoes.

According to a Smithsonian Magazine blog, various studies and news articles on the topic of mosquito bites, there are a few reasons why you might be more attractive to a mosquito than your friend.

First up, something you can control, the color of clothing you wear. Mosquitoes use vision and scent to locate their prey. Wearing colors that stand out, such as; black, dark blue or red may make you easier to find, according to James Day, a medical entomologist at the University of Florida.

Another reason you can control, drinking beer. A study in 2002 found that alcohol can play a big role in attracting mosquitoes. Drinking one 12-ounce bottle of beer increases the amount of ethanol excreted in sweat, as well as increases body temperature. Although, neither of these factors were found to correlate with mosquito bites, making the reason why mosquitoes are attracted to drinkers a mystery to researchers.

Depending on your blood type, you may also be at more of a risk for mosquito bites. One study found that in a controlled setting, mosquitoes landed on people with Type O blood nearly twice as often as those with Type A, reported Smithsonian. People with Type B blood fell somewhere in the middle of this itchy spectrum. Based on other genes, about 85 percent of people secrete a chemical signal through their skin that indicates which blood type they have, while 15 percent do not, and mosquitoes are also more attracted to secretors than nonsecretors regardless of which type they are.

Something else to go along with your blood type is your genes. Underlying genetic factors are estimated to account for 85 percent of the variability between people in their attractiveness to mosquitoes and their bites.

Since mosquitoes locate their prey by smell, carbon dioxide you exhale can play a big factor into getting bit more by mosquitoes. Mosquitoes use an organ called a maxillary palp to detect carbon dioxide from as far as 164 feet away. As a result, people who exhale more of the gas will attract more mosquitoes than others. This is one of the key reasons why children get bit less than adults.

Unfortunetely, if you are pregnant, you’ll be more likely to attract mosquitoes than others as well. The Smithsonian pointed out that in several different studies, pregnant women have been found to attract roughly twice as many mosquito bites. Two factors played into why this is the case: pregnant women exhale about 21 percent more carbon dioxide and are on average about 1.26 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than others.

The moral of the story is that everyone is prone to mosquito bites in some way. With the rise in West Nile virus, it’s best to use a repellant when you know you’ll be outdoors.

Mosquitoes : 5 facts that you probably did not know!

– Mosquitoes are attracted to smelly feet
– Mosquitoes are attarcted to larger people
– only female mosquitoes drink blood. Male mosquitoes drink nectar from flowers.
– The larvae of an “elephant Mosquito” eat the larvae of other mosquitos. Then grow up to eat fruit.
– Mosquitoes are attracted to people with blood O type.

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  1. You spelled drink with an F in the section “Mosquitoes : 5 facts that you probably did not know!” -“only femal mosquitoes frink blood. Male mosquitoes drink nectar from flowers.”

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