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"I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love."
- J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

Monday, July 15, 2013

5 Things That Make You More Attractive To A Mosquito

It seems like some people get bitten by mosquitoes more than others - even if they are in the same place at the same time!  It turns out that there may be a reason some people are more appetizing to these pests!

Scientists have discovered what sort of things attract mosquitoes and they might explain why some of us get more bites than others.  Some of these are things we can control and others are not.

Do any of these apply to you?

1. You have type O blood.  People who have type O blood get bitten nearly twice as often as people with type A. Type B falls in between the two.  Unfortunately, there is nothing one can do about his or her blood type.

2. You exhale a larger amount of carbon dioxide than the average person.  One of the ways mosquitoes find us is by smelling the carbon dioxide that we breathe out.  People who weigh more generally exhale more carbon dioxide as do pregnant women.  This makes it more likely for mosquitoes to find these people than a young child.

3. You are exercising or exerting yourself. Mosquitoes are attracted to certain substances that are found in sweat.  If we are being physically active, we will perspire more and attract more of the pests.

4. You are drinking beer. Scientists haven't quite figured out why, but mosquitoes are more likely to bite a beer drinker than one who is consuming another beverage! At least we can do something about this one!

5. You are wearing dark clothing.  Here is another thing we can control!  Mosquitoes use sight as well as their sense of smell when finding their dinners and it is easier for them to hone in on a person wearing darker clothing such as black, dark blue and red.

Hope you are one of the luckier less-bitten individuals!  If not, don't forget your mosquito repellent when you're going to be outside after dark!

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Information for this post was obtained at the following website:
Smithsonian.com

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