To a mosquito, you’re marmite -they either love you or hate you! While a few lucky individuals repel mosquitoes, there are many who seem to be a walking feast for these bloodsucking invaders.
Since the 90s, scientists have been trying to find the “magic compounds” that attract mosquitoes, while other researchers have been studying the compounds that repel them, in the hope of creating an all-natural mosquito repellent.
So, what makes you attractive to mosquitoes and is there anything that you can do about it?
Why Some People Are More Vulnerable To Mosquito Bites
Unfortunately for us, mosquitoes have a very keen sense of smell and can detect exhaled carbon dioxide up to 160 feet away– that’s the width of a football field. Since exercise increases your rate of breathing and the amount of carbon dioxide you exhale, you are more likely to get bitten by a mosquito after a super workout!
Research shows that mosquitoes are very attracted to people with type O blood and not as attracted to those with type A blood, while people with type B fall in the middle. Apparently, mosquitoes are connoisseurs! Unfortunately, your blood type is determined by your genes, so there’s nothing you can do to alter it.
Mosquitoes are attracted to heat as it signals a potential warm-blooded host in the vicinity. Some people have a higher core temperature, making them bigger targets. If you have a higher core body temperature,take a long cold shower as it will help to keep you of the mosquito radar for a while!
Moths are drawn to a flame, but mosquitoes seem to prefer pregnancy glow. Although it is still uncertain why mosquitoes are attracted to pregnant women, researchers believe that it could be because pregnant women have a higher metabolic rate and exhale more carbon dioxide than the average person.
Mosquitoes are fashionistas- apparently, people wearing dark clothes are more susceptible to mosquito bites as compared to those wearing lighter clothing. The type of fabric a person wears can also affect how much they get bitten by mosquitoes!