Slap, scratch, curse — why do mosquitoes love me (and not you)?


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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