Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?
When it comes to mosquito bites, it seems that there are two kinds of people: Those who get bites all the time and those who rarely get bitten. There are scientific reason why some people seem to be luckier than others. About 20 percent of people are especially delicious for mosquitoes, according to scientists. Below find a few factors that could explain why you might get bitten much more than the person sitting next to you.
Your blood type may have an impact on how often you get bitten by mosquitoes. One study found that people with the blood O got bitten more often than any other blood type. The study said that people with the blood type O got bitten almost twice as much as those with blood type A.
Carbon Dioxide & Exercise
Mosquitoes use carbon dioxide as an indicator that a host is nearby. This means your metabolism, or the amount of CO2 your body releases as it burns energy, is a big factor when it comes to attracting mosquitoes. In addition to carbon dioxide, mosquitoes find victims by smelling the lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia and other substances you sweat out. They also like people with higher body temperatures. Since exercise increases the buildup of lactic acid and heat in your body, it likely makes you stand out to the insects. So you may think twice about going for a run during mosquito season.
If you are pregnant you could attract roughly twice as many mosquito bites as others, according another study. Pregnant woman exhale about 21 percent more carbon dioxide and are on average about 1.26 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than others.
Believe it or not, but some experts suggest the color of clothing may also attract mosquitoes. They say mosquitoes use vision (along with scent) to find people. This means wearing colors that stand out such as black, dark blue or red may make you easier to find.