As summer comes around so does one of the season’s most notorious pests – mosquitoes. While people may actually be more or less prone to being on the receiving end of mosquito bites, a lot of factors are at play when a mosquito decides which person it visits. And fortunately, some of those factors are very much in your control.
So here are some factors to take note of when trying to make yourself invisible to the obnoxious little bugs.
Unfortunately, not all of the causes are something you can actually do something about. Take blood type, for example. One study has found that while those who have blood type O coursing through their veins are more likely to get a less than friendly visit from a mosquito than other blood types, they’re only more attractive to the insects when compared with those with blood type A. They found that a particular sugar found in blood type O was attractive to the mosquitoes, though once a mosquito has picked its target, it’s unlikely blood type will make much difference.
The previous cause could also be related to why it seems that pregnant women are more likely to receive itchy red bites. One study found that women in the late stages of pregnancy exhaled 21 percent more breath – including that crucial carbon dioxide – when compared to non-pregnant women. Another reason could be related to the fact that pregnancy increases blood flow to the skin, which means that on average they run at around 0.7°C warmer than normal, making them easier for heat-seeking insects to find.
This one is a little contentious. While a study has previously found that by drinking as little as 350ml of 5.5 percent beer the number of mosquitos on the volunteer’s skin significantly increased, it was only a very limited study of 13 people. Not only that, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the insects then went on to feed on them, and the researchers even go on to say that they found no correlation between the amount on ethanol detected in the sweat and the amount of beer actually consumed. So while it could be a factor, it is a far from settled matter.
Mosquitoes also love bacteria, and we tend to have a lot of it that gathers on our skin. While we may not know it’s there, they certainly do. While there isn’t a whole lot you can do to prevent that, being as clean as you can by washing up well before going outdoors can help your skin be less tasty to those biting bugs.
5.Perfume and Other Scented Items
These tiny pests are attracted to many different types of fragrances, including perfume, but they seem to really prefer floral scents. That means that not only should you skip the perfume when heading outdoors in the summer, avoid any type of scented lotion. Just keep in mind that when it comes to attracting those mosquito biters, the more neutral your skin, the better.
Research shows that mosquitoes are most attracted to darker colors. They can see and use their vision to locate targets from a distance, and people wearing dark clothing are at higher risk. The experts say mosquitoes rely on sight to find their targets, even at night, and that they can actually spot darker clothing easier. That’s why most advise that you wear light color clothing around dusk if you’re going to be outside. Scientists also recommend wearing clothing with a looser fit inside of tighter attire, in order to make it more difficult for them to bite you.
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