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The Surprising Reasons Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Don’t Touch Others

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If you have already felt like you are the favorite foods of mosquitoes, you should know that you are probably right. If you are one of those people who is always covered in mosquito bites while everyone around you is untouched, we are here to tell you that you can prevent the itchy bites too! Apparently, some people are just much more attractive to mosquitoes than others, and here is why: Mosquitoes are attracted by carbon dioxide- These pesky insects are attracted by the carbon dioxide we exhale, so whenever you are increasing the breathing rate, for instance, while exercising, you will become their target. They attracted by sweat- The lactic acid in sweat attracts mosquitoes, and the more you sweat, the more they like you. Alcohol use- Mosquitoes love the increased ethanol content in our sweat, so they will find you whenever you are enjoying a glass of wine or a beer outside. Bacteria- While certain bacteria in our bodies attract these annoying insects, other ones repel them. For instance, studies have found that mosquitoes are attracted by Staphylococcus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria Furthermore, a 2003 study found that people with type 0 blood attract mosquitoes the most. Whenever a mosquito bites us, it releases saliva into the wound. It contains anticoagulant that supports the proper blood circulation. So, how can we prevent it all? According to Nora Besansky, Ph.D., a professor in the department of biological sciences at Notre Dame: “The simplest way, albeit uncomfortable in the heat, [to avoid bites] is to place a barrier between the skin and a day-biting mosquito—that is, long sleeves and long pants. Even better protection is to apply an effective mosquito repellent to such clothing.” CLICK NEXT PAGE BELOW TO CONTINUE READING …

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