Ever wonder why some people get eaten alive by nasty mosquitoes while others seem to avoid the bite?

The following are common factors that have been identified to make a person more attractive to these creatures.

8 Things that Attract Mosquitoes

  1. Sweat
    Mosquitoes need water to reproduce, and they are naturally attracted to areas with higher humidity levels. This is why sweat is one of the top mosquito attractors.
  2. Dark Clothing
    Research shows that mosquitoes are most attracted to dark colors. They can see and use their vision to locate targets from a distance, and people wearing dark clothing are at higher risk.
  3. People who eat a lot of potassium and salt
    Mosquitoes are attracted to potassium, salt, and lactic acid released by your body, so it helps to avoid salty and potassium rich foods like bananas, avocados, and dried fruit.
  4. Perfume and Scented Lotions
    Fragrances are known to attract mosquitoes. Floral scents are especially attractive.
  5. Drinking Alcohol
    Some experts believe drinking alcohol makes your skin give off a chemical that attracts mosquitoes. Alcohol also increases body temperature which is another huge mosquito attractor.
  6. Blood type
    According to a 2004 study, people with type O blood were a whole 83 percent more likely to attract mosquitoes than any other blood type.
  7. Pregnant Woman
    A 2000 study found that pregnant women attracted twice as many mosquitoes as non-pregnant woman. This is because pregnant woman exhale more carbon dioxide than other people, in addition to running higher body temperatures and having more blood circulating through her body than the average person.
  8. Body temperature: The higher your body temperature is, the faster mosquitoes will find you. Once they get within a few yards, they can sense the heat and love to nest in the warm conditions.

 

Bonus: What You May Not Know About Mosquitoes

  1. Different mosquitoes have different feeding habits. There are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world, about 200 of which occur in the US. Insect reproductive biology specialist Laura Sirot, PhD states that “Some mosquitoes don’t eat blood at all; and of the ones that do eat blood, some don’t eat human blood.” She also states that some species feed in the evening, while others feed during the day.
  2. Only female mosquitoes that are looking to lay eggs bite. This is because need the nutrients in blood to lay their eggs. Male mosquitoes and female mosquitoes that are not laying eggs only feed on plant nectar.
  3. Mosquitoes can consume twice their body weight in blood.
  4. A full moon makes mosquitoes more active: According to the AMCA, one study showed that a full moon increased mosquito activity 500%.
  5. Mosquitoes are the most deadly animal on earth! More deaths are associated with mosquitoes than any other animal on the planet because of the diseases they carry.
  6. Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away. Both humans and animals produce carbon dioxide which signals female mosquitoes that a potential blood is near.
  7. Why do mosquito bites itch? When a mosquito bites, it injects chemicals to prevent the blood from clotting and reduce pain. These chemicals cause irritation.
  8. Planting Marigolds around your yard works great as a bug repellent because the flowers give off a fragrance bugs do not like. This is a great way to ward off mosquitoes without using chemical insecticides.
  9. Learn how long mosquitos live and the life cycle of these fascinating and deadly creatures.

Always keep in mind using some kind of natural mosquito protection or making homemade mosquito traps can dramatically reduce your chances of getting bit.

References:

Insect Association

Dr. Mercola

NCBI Research