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Summary:

Smithsonian Magazine takes on this age-old question. And the answers may surprise you. Your size, your blood type, what you wear all count.

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photo: dr relling

You’ve been there. At the beach. At a picnic. Playing volleyball. And the mosquitoes can’t get enough of you although they seem to be leaving John Doe alone. Why is that?

A new report in Smithsonian Magazine sheds some light on this mystery and it turns out mosquitoes may like you more than others based on your size, your blood type, your degree of fitness, your body temperature and other factors.

Fun facts from the story (which you need to read in whole if mosquitoes really bug you:)

  • Mosquitoes have favorite blood types. They’re more likely to dine out (on you) if you’re Type O than if you’re type A. Type B folks lay somewhere in the middle.
  • 85 percent of people secrete a chemical through their skin that telegraphs which blood type they have and mosquitoes prefer secretors to nonsecretors even if they have a non-preferred blood type.
  • Mosquitoes love heavy breathers — they’re carbon dioxide-seeking creatures so if you’re big or if you’ve just exercised you’re one great poo-poo platter to them.So there you have it. Oh one more thing, if you don’t want to draw mosquitoes, skip that cocktail.
  • Clothes color matters — People  dressed in black, navy blue, dark red stand out to mosquitoes which use vision as well as smell to find meals.

So there you have it. Oh, and if you really want to discourage mosquitoes, it’s best to skip the cocktails.

Feature photo courtesy of Flickr user dr_relling

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  1. Reblogged this on STORY 2 SUCCESS BLOG and commented:
    I have noticed this alot but thanks for the comfirmation.

  2. Thanks, I was always wondering about this…

  3. Nikohl Vandel Saturday, July 13, 2013

    Reblogged this on Niki.V.all.ways.My.way. and commented:
    #bloodsuckers

  4. Why is this NEW?

    And “85 percent of people secrete a chemical through their skin that telegraphs which blood type they have, and mosquitoes prefer secretors to nonsecretors even if they’re of a non-preferred blood type.” is what should have been written.

  5. I used to be the person who mosquitos attacked while ignoring everyone else, even wearing DEET. After changing my diet 3 years ago to avoid eating all animal products for health reasons (can’t use the v word cause I still wear leather, wool etc.) I am no longer cafeteria central for the little buggers. It’s fun now to watch other people swat and scratch.
    But I don’t know for sure if it was the change in diet, or the addition of a B-12 supplement every day, that keeps me invisible to the bloodsuckers. Maybe someone out there knows which of the two is responsible, but I don’t think i’ll drop either one if I found out which one keeps the skeeters from finding me.

  6. that’s a lie, My husband is o positive and I am A pos.. My husband sweats a lot more than I do. He wears darker colors and I wear light colors. Mosquitoes will bite me all the time even when I am beside my husband, they never bite him.

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