Are You a Gourmet Meal for Mosquitoes?NPMA Staff
Thursday, July 18, 2013
According to a recent article from
USAToday, there are several reasons why some people tend to be
bitten by mosquitoes
more often than others. Mosquitoes are thought to be equal
opportunity biters, but some people’s skin chemistry might be more
alluring to the average skeeter.
The article lists five reasons why mosquitoes might be more
attracted to one person over another. Do any of them apply to
- You’ve been
drinking: According to one study, alcohol can change our
skin’s chemistry even after just one bottle of beer. This makes us
more appealing, although it isn’t clear yet what the science is
behind this attraction.
pregnant: Women who are pregnant exhale more carbon
dioxide and are about one degree warmer than others, making it easy
for mosquitoes to sense their presence.
- You are
blood type O: People with Type O blood get bitten more
than people with either Type A or Type B.
- You work out:
Exercising builds up lactic acid in your sweat, so when you sweat,
you’re more attractive to mosquitoes.
- You wear dark
colors: Mosquitoes also hunt for prey by eyesight. They
are apparently very attracted to darker colors such as black, navy