Ever wonder what makes mosquitoes bite you? For the record, it is the female that does all the biting. Females utilize the protein from our blood to make their eggs. Males are the good guys, who stick to preying on flower nectar.
So what makes these female mosquitoes bite us…or at least some of us?
The reality is mosquitoes are just not attracted to some people. Those people are safe from the annoying, and potentially dangerous mosquito bite, while others of us remain prey to the skeeter.
Movement, heat and breathing are big factors that attract these annoying ladies, plus a few others:
- Our Breath: The release of carbon dioxide is one of the biggest things that attracts mosquitoes. Being that we release it with each exhale, we attract mosquitoes. They can actually detect it up to 50 yards aways. Overweight or pregnant people tend to give off more carbon dioxide and thus attract more mosquitoes.
- Exercising, Heat and Movement: Mosquitoes are attracted to movement. The heat and sweat you release if exercising is more attractive, not to mention the increased breathing that is occurring. So if you’re very active, you may attract them more than your sedentary friend.
- Beer: What? Yes mosquitoes are more attracted to you if you have beer in you. Why? Who knows. It remains somewhat a mystery. What is known is that having beer in your system increase the attraction of mosquitoes.
- Blood Type: Yes, studies have found that those with type O blood attract more mosquitoes.
- Uric Acid: Those that who produce more uric acid tend to attract more mosquitoes. The breakdown of purine, found in foods and formed in the body, creates Uric Acid.
Some people are genetically more prone to attracting mosquitoes.
So what are some things we can do to keep mosquitoes at bay? Our next post will outline ways to naturally repel mosquitoes.