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With autumn quickly approaching you may be wanting to spend even more time outside relaxing with friends. The temperature has finally dropped to reasonable temperatures. However you may also be noticing another annoyance rearing its ugly head: Mosquito bites.
And what’s worse when you are out spending time with your friends it only ever seems like you’re the one being bit. You ask everyone else and they aren’t being bitten at all.
Why are you being targeted? Are the mosquitoes picking on you? Well it turns out that there are indeed factors that will make mosquitoes more attracted to you and thus you will be bit more.
1. Carbon Dioxide
Try to slow down and pace your breathing a bit better. At least, the amount you’re exhaling. Much like plants, mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide so the more air you’re exhaling the more likely you are to be targeted. This is especially true of people of larger body masses such as women who are pregnant.
2. Body Tempature
As surprising as it may sound, the tempature of your body could actually be making mosquitoes more attracted to you. This means that larger people as well as pregnant women are more likely to be targeted by mosquitoes. Unfortunately your best option is just to use bug spray.
3. Blood Type
This one surprised me a little! A study was conducted and the results indicated that people with the blood type O are more likely to be bitten by a mosquito than those with blood type A.
4. Chemical Odors
The same study also found that a small percentage of people release odors that will indicate to mosquitoes what your blood type is. Effectively there is no way for you to hide.
Every single human being has a flora of microbes that live right underneath our skin. In a way we are just big walking sacks of germs. It sounds icky, but it’s how we roll. According to Journals the combination of the microbes in our body can affect how much the mosquitoes are interested in you.
While exercise is almost always a good thing, it seems here we see the one downside of exercise. When you exercise your skin creates more lactic acid which will make you more likely to be bitten by a mosquito. Even worse, this also increases your body temperature. A double whammy.
Perhaps the worst news of all, if you choose to crack open a cold one, mosquitoes are going to be more attracted to you. Chilling out with your friends in the backyard without bug spray may not be the best idea.
There you have it, the seven factors that increase your chances of being bitten by a mosquito.