There is no disputing the fact that some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others. But the question remains: Why is this so?
There are many anecdotal theories, but Dr. Jonathan Day, medical entomologist and mosquito expert, discusses the science behind it in an article for Time Magazine. Click here for the full article. The list below is a sampling of what may attract mosquitoes to certain people.
- Your skin may be the culprit. People produce different chemicals through their skin, and some elements or combination of them could be enticing to mosquitoes.
- Your metabolic rate determines the carbon dioxide your body releases, which is an attractant for mosquitoes. Pregnant women have a higher metabolic rate, as do people who have recently exercised.
- Mosquitoes are drawn to dark clothing.
- Mosquitoes have motion sensors, so if you are moving a lot (even just gesticulating with your arms) you may be a bigger target.
Whether you’re eaten alive or mildly inconvenienced, make sure you protect yourself from mosquito bites. Remove standing water around your property, use personal repellant, or find a professional mosquito control service in your area. Mosquitoes are annoying, but also pose potential health risks. Keep yourself, your loved one, your pets, and your property protected.