Reasons Why Mosquitoes Could Bite You More Than Others

By on June 19, 2018

We’re well into the summers, which also brings in a wave of mosquito-related issues apart from the scorching heat. The best way to avoid getting infected by mosquitoes—which would mean the transmission of diseases like chikungunya, dengue and malaria—is to prevent from getting bitten by them in the first place.

The question then becomes about how to avoid becoming a magnet for mosquitoes in the first place.

Have you noticed though, some people get bitten by mosquitoes more than others? Here’s why that happens and how you can prevent it.

1. Wear appropriate clothing
Mosquitoes are highly visual as they use their eyes as one of their first modes to identify and target their victims. Your best bet would be to stay covered in darker clothing (think, black or navy. In fact, the colour red makes your easier to be spotted.

2. Watch out if you have Type O blood
They find O type blood far more attractive than A or B blood type people. Turns out type O blood is more beneficial for mosquitoes to harvest protein have from out blood.Additionally, 85 percent of the people secrete a chemical signal through their skin indicating the type of blood type they possess—these people, of course, attract more mosquitoes towards themselves.

3. Even the bacteria on your skin is a factor
Having a large amount of a certain kind of bacteria makes your skin more appealing to mosquitoes. We have more microbes on our skin than actual skin cells, making us appetising as well as easy targets to be bitten. Also, since our ankles and feet contain larger more robust colonies of bacteria, it’s no surprise that we get bitten in these areas more than others.

4. The fitter you are the more likely you are to get bitten
Apart from carbon dioxide, mosquitoes have a keen sense of smell for lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia and other such compounds that are emitted through sweat, as well as higher body temperatures. Since strenuous exercise increases the build up the heat and lactic acid in your body and consumption of protein-rich foods increase the presence of substances like uric acid in your body, exercise does indeed make you a better candidate to be bitten.

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