Unless you’ve been living in the arctic for your entire existence, chances are you’ve experienced a mosquito bite at least once. For some, though, they just can’t seem to get away from mosquitoes — and during every warm and humid season they’re plagued with mosquito bites on a daily basis.
Is there a reason for this? Well, the popular opinion among scientists and mosquito experts is that while everyone receives attention from mosquitoes, some seem to attract these pests more than others. The question is: why does this happen and how do you make yourself seem less attractive to mosquitoes in the future?
Why Mosquitoes Bite Humans
To figure out what you can do to make yourself seem less enticing to mosquitoes, you must first understand why these pests feed on our blood in the first place.
Everyone should know, the mosquitoes that bite us are always female, which means they lay eggs (or larvae) to create more mosquitoes. In order for their offspring to thrive, the female mosquito must supply her larvae with protein and other nutrients that are found — you guessed it — in human blood. Hence, why mosquitoes are so keen on biting humans.
The problem with this is that mosquitoes can carry and transmit multiple illnesses — including Zika, yellow fever and West Nile — creating a huge health risk for adults, kids and even our pets.
What We’re Doing To Attract Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are drawn to us for a myriad of reasons. The main reason being the release of carbon dioxide released when we breathe, which is picked up by these pests, even when we’re a good distance away.
However, some researchers believe genetics plays a part in why pests like mosquitoes are so keen on feeding on our blood. As a matter of fact, a recent study shows 85% of an average person’s susceptibility to being bitten is due to genetics alone.
What about genetics gives you away? Well, it’s believed that some individuals, depending on your genetic makeup, can produce more mosquito-attracting chemicals — such as uric acid, cholesterol and other steroids — making these chemicals much more prominent on the surface of their skin.
How To Detract Mosquitoes
While there’s not much you can do about the genetic makeup of your skin, you can try to decrease your likelihood of being bitten by a mosquito in other ways.
For example, the more you weigh, the more carbon dioxide (a proven mosquito attractant) you produce. Thus, by focusing on diet and exercise, you not only reap the benefits of a healthier figure and lifestyle, but you also reduce the risk of being bitten by a mosquito as well.
Of course, you can always implement effective methods for mosquito control to create a mosquito-free zone around your home and yard. Mr. Mister offers multiple techniques for controlling mosquitoes that are proven to work in the fight against mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.
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