The two most dominant factors of mosquito attraction have to do with sight and smell, so there’s no brushing these guys (oops! Girls) off when they’re out looking for a quickie in the moonlight.
Here are four reasons a Mosquito may pick you for the love of their life.
Your Fresh Breath
Mosquitoes don’t bite randomly. Instead, they find a victim by following their steady output of carbon dioxide. Researchers say that mosquitoes are adept at figuring out where their target is by following trails of exhaled carbon dioxide.
Unfortunately, there is no way to cut down on your carbon dioxide emissions besides holding your breath. So, if you are being bitten you might want to head indoors.
Your Hot Body
While carbon dioxide is how mosquitoes lock onto you as a target, heat may be how they figure out the best place to bite you.
Dr. Jonathan Day, a professor of medical entomology at the University of Florida, tells us that before mosquitoes can take a bite they have to find an area of the body where the blood is closest to the surface. Common areas include the forehead, wrists, elbows, neck and ankles.
With the ever-increasing number of people keeping fit by exercising out of doors, mosquitoes are having an easier time finding what they love most, blood. Those who are over heated or who have just finished working out will have blood closer to the surface of the skin throughout their body. Faster respirations and an increase in carbon dioxide output identifies “Prime Targets” for love starved mosquitoes.
Exercising outdoors at dawn or dusk (prime time for mosquitoes) also ups the risk for more love bites.
Although a few small studies have speculated that mosquitoes were after specific blood types, the CDC says that’s false. By the time the mosquito bites you, they’ve picked you as their target.
Your Cool Outfit
Black may be the best color for a fashion statement and it’s great for hiding body flaws but it’s the worst for hiding from mosquitoes.
If you’re heading to an outdoor event and looking to avoid becoming a mosquito’s meal, avoid anything in dark denim or all-black outfits because some mosquitoes are visual hunters that search you out by looking for signs of life against the horizon. If you dress in dark colors, you stand out against the horizon and mosquitoes can see you.
Your Party Spirit
When you drink alcohol, your blood vessels dilate, increasing blood flow to the surface of your body. You may feel a flushed, warm feeling. This increased blood flow makes it easier for a lovesick mosquito, to target you.
Movement can also draw these biting insects in, so gyrating party dancers and avid hikers on the move should wear plenty of bug-repellent.
Even though DEET has been the recommended repellent of choice, there are still those who look for a more natural solution to stop mosquitos from biting. According to the CDC, lemon eucalyptus oil could be a much safer and more natural solution. The CDC confirmed that lemon eucalyptus oil can be as effective as DEET in repelling mosquitoes.
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