Avoid These If You Want The Mosquitoes To Say Away
Have you ever been in a situation where you’re hanging out with friends and all of a sudden you have mosquitoes singling you out as their prime target? Does it seem like they are only focusing you just to annoy and make your life completely miserable?
Well as new research shows, mosquitoes choose their prey based on many things, including your genetics and smelly feet.
- Blood type. The Journal of Medical Entomology published a study that found people with the type O blood attract more mosquitoes than anything. Maybe it’s sweet like candy to them?
- Pregnancy. The Lancet study found that pregnant women produce more body heat, which is also an attraction for mosquitoes. If mosquitoes had to choose between a pregnant woman and a non-pregnant woman, they’d go with the one with more body heat!
- Alcohol. In a small study in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, it was found that mosquitoes were more attracted to people who had drank beer compared to sober ones.
- Smell. Although much study still needs to be made, it is known that some people’s bodies give off a scent that attracts mosquitoes, while others emit a smell that repell them.
- Skin microbes. Every one of us have bacteria living on our skin. And its not a bad thing! Its just a fact of life. According to a study published in PLOS ONE, people with more different types of bacteria living on their skin are less attractive to mosquitoes. I guess they don’t want to get sick from the bacteria?!
- Carbon dioxide. The Bulletin of Entomological Research found that mosquitoes like people who emit more carbon dioxide when they breathe. Larger people and pregnant women fall under this category.
- Exercise. By working out, you produce lactic acid on your skin. A few studies have proved that mosquitoes love it when lactic acid is produced in your sweat.
According to the AMCA, there are over 3,000 species of mosquito. Only a handful transmit deadly diseases like malaria, yellow fever, dengue, Chikungunya, and West Nile.