Mosquitoes --- they’re like little flying specks of terror that sneak up on you when you least expect it to snack on your blood. They can carry diseases, although most of the time they just leave an itchy spot on your skin for a few days. Seriously --- it itches like crazy. We’re pretty sure mosquitoes aren’t going to win any popularity contests.
If you’re feeling like you are a skeeter magnet, it’s probably not your imagination. As it turns out, mosquitoes actually tend to have a preference for which unlucky victim they choose for their next meal. These are a few factors that might make you look more delicious to those skinny, six-legged critters.
Believe it or not, your blood type actually makes a difference in how attractive you are to mosquitoes. Studies have shown that people with type O blood are more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes than those with other blood types. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do to fix this problem other than plan accordingly and bring plenty of bug repellent.
Yes, how much carbon dioxide you exhale matters. Mosquitoes seem to love it. People who breath more heavily have a tendency to attract more mosquitoes than those who breathe lightly. This one can also be hard to control since most people aren’t wired to concentrate on how much they breathe.
If you’re an alcohol drinker, you’re likely to look more appealing to mosquitoes. It’s unclear why this is the case, but some believe it could be related to the smell of the skin or the change in body temperature. Summer nights are prime time for people who like to have a beer by the bonfire, but drinkers could be accidentally sending a party invite to the mosquitoes, too.
While you’re pulling out the long-sleeved shirt to protect yourself from the little vampires, you may want to be aware that color matters. if you’re going to try to protect yourself from mosquitoes using your clothing, it’s better to go with bright colors. Dark clothing seems to attract the blood suckers.
If you exercise, that may make you more appealing to mosquitoes. The little guys tend to like certain chemicals in your sweat, and might go after you on your morning run. Maybe if you run fast enough, they won’t be able to catch you. Okay --- so that doesn’t really work, but forewarned is forearmed.
Unfortunately, you can’t change your own body chemicals to keep mosquitoes away. However, knowing what attracts them can help you better prepare to avoid them. Bug repellent, closed toed shoes, and light, colorful body-covering clothes can help protect you from their frustrating bites.