Here's Why Some People Get More Mosquito Bites Than Others?

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Summer is officially here, and pools are great, BBQ's are great, but what's the one thing you should hate about it?? Mosquito bites. But have you ever noticed that some people get bit more than others? Ever wondered why that happens??

A recent survey finds that 77% of people say mosquitos have messed up their summer activities, and it turns out there are reasons why some people get bit more than others.

According to research, mosquitoes are attracted to:

  • People with higher body temperatures.
  • People who are active during exercise, because they produce more carbon dioxide and sweat containing lactic acid, and have higher body temperatures.
  • People with higher concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin’s surface.
  • People with higher levels of stress (they can detect hormones related to stress).
  • Pregnant women because of their higher body temperatures and production of more CO2.
  • People wearing dark clothes, like reds, blacks and blues.
  • Alcohol drinkers because blood vessels dilate, increasing skin temperature. Also, ethanol content in sweat attracts them. 

So, what are the best ways to keep yourself from getting bitten? Steps to take include:

  • Shower after exercising, to reduce sweat and decrease temperature
  • Cover exposed skin
  • Wear light-colored clothing
  • Increase air movement on decks and patios using oscillating fans
  • Of course, use EPA-registered mosquito repellent

So if you're the person that always gets eaten alive by the mosquitos now you know why and how to take care of the problem.

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