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Why Some People Attract More Mosquitoes. by Simulacrum(m): 9:37pm On Jul 19, 2013
If you feel as if every mosquito in a 50-
mile radius has you locked in its sights,
while your friends are rarely bitten, you
could be right. Up to 20 percent of us are
highly alluring to mosquitoes—and
scientists have discovered some surprising reasons. “Both your metabolism and your unique
body chemistry—which is as distinctive
as a fingerprint—play an important role
in determining whether or not you’re a
mosquito magnet,” says University of
Florida entomology professor Dr. Phil Koehler. “Also, there’s evidence that your
degree of attractiveness to mosquitoes
can change over time.” Here are some intriguing discoveries
about why some of us are particularly
tasty targets for the tiny vampires: Mosquitos prefer blood type O In their quest for a meal, mosquitoes are
nearly twice as likely to land on people
with type 0 blood than those with type
A, according to a Japanese study . Indeed, the biting pests consider type 0
more delectable than any other blood
type, the researchers reported. Most
people secrete substances that allow
mosquitoes to identify blood type before
they bite. Beer drinkers beware Swigging just one bottle of beer can
significantly boost your risk of being
bitten, according to a study published in Journal of the American Mosquito Control
Association .The researchers reported that, “Mosquito landing on volunteers
significantly increased after beer
ingestion compared with before
ingestion.” 8 Healthiest Summer Cocktails Watch out for the full moon The tiny bloodsuckers are 500 times
more active when the moon is full,
reports the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). Overall, the highest risk times for mosquito bites are dusk
and dawn, with the females of some
species migrating up to 40 miles in
pursuit of a meal. (Male mosquitoes don’t
bite.) Keep your socks on The pungent aroma of dirty feet is
apparently irresistible to mosquitoes, as
a brave scientist, Bart Knols, discovered when he sat in a lab in his underwear to
find out which parts of the body the
pests are most likely to target. He found
that 75 percent of the bugs homed in on
his feet, but after he washed them with
deodorant soap, the mosquitos bit randomly. His team also reported that
stinky cheeses, such as Limburger—
which has the same odoriferous
compound responsible for foot odor—
also draws mosquitoes. Mosquitos know if you’re expecting Moms-to-be get bitten about twice as
often as women who aren’t pregnant,
increasing their risk for bug-borne
diseases, according to a study conducted in Gambia . The researchers hypothesized that since women in the later stages of
pregnancy exhale 21 percent more
volume, mosquitos were drawn in by the
moisture and carbon dioxide in their
breath. They also found that pregnant
women's abdomens are nearly 1 degree warmer, which may cause more volatile
substances—released in sweat and
attractive to mosquitos—to be present
on their skin. Not only do several other
studies have similar findings, says Dr.
Koehler, but “there’s also evidence that women are more attractive to
mosquitoes during certain phases of the
ovulation cycle.” Studies have mixed
results as to whether men or women are
more likely to get bitten, he adds. Are You Bug Savvy? Learn How to
Prevent Head Lice Running won’t help you Both the carbon dioxide we exhale and
substances in sweat, such as lactic acid,
help mosquitoes home in on their prey.
As a result, Dr. Koehler reports. “You’re
more likely to be bitten if you’re running
or exercising than when you’re at rest, since you’re breathing harder and
sweating more.” In fact, physical activity
ups risk for bites by as much as 50
percent, according to AMCA.
Like vampires, they prefer dark clothes Dark-colored clothing can increase your
risk of falling victim to the little
bloodsuckers, compared to lighter-
colored garments, says Dr. Koehler. In
one study comparing the appeal of
various hues to mosquitoes, the researchers reported the following
results : black (most attractive); red (very attractive); grey and blue (neutral);
khaki, green, light khaki, and yellow
(less attractive).

Re: Why Some People Attract More Mosquitoes. by Bolt2011(m): 9:45pm On Jul 19, 2013
No wonder
Please how can I change my blood group? grin

Re: Why Some People Attract More Mosquitoes. by donem: 9:55pm On Jul 19, 2013
I see, very enlightening Thread. Though the colour preference is kinda funny.
Re: Why Some People Attract More Mosquitoes. by badmeat(m): 10:07pm On Jul 19, 2013
Stinky socks grin,rings a bell
Re: Why Some People Attract More Mosquitoes. by Bestlyf: 10:31pm On Jul 19, 2013
Blood type O? Now I know. Presently having a running battle with 'em.
Re: Why Some People Attract More Mosquitoes. by lecturerdabo(m): 10:23am On Jul 20, 2013

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