Did you know that one of the country’s foremost mosquito researchers, Omar Akbari, says that the next pandemic might be spread by mosquitos? This is because mosquitoes are the ultimate pathogen-transmission machine. They are really good at it!
If you are one of those people who seems to attract hordes of mosquitoes wherever you go, whereas your friends are sitting there unbitten and unbothered, then you might be a mosquito magnet. What attracts mosquitoes? Read on to find out what mosquitoes like and why they are so attracted to you.
What Attracts Mosquitoes? – Genetics Plays a Big Role in It
The unfortunate thing is that genetics play a major role (85%) in whether mosquitoes are attracted to you or not. This is because certain elements of your body chemistry when found in excess on your skin’s surface will attract mosquitoes to swarm upon you.
People with a high concentration of steroids and cholesterol on their skin are especially delicious for mosquitoes. This doesn’t mean that you are susceptible if you have high cholesterol; it’s only if you have a high level of cholesterol present on your skin’s surface.
Also, folks who produce an excess amount of uric acid will smell enticing to mosquitoes as well. There’s nothing you can do about this, unfortunately.
Mosquitoes Like Adults More than Children
Interestingly enough, mosquitoes can smell their unsuspecting victims from 50 meters away! The more carbon dioxide you produce, the more you will attract mosquitoes as well.
That’s why children who produce a smaller amount of CO2 are less prone to mosquito bites than adults. The larger you are, the more CO2 you will produce, and the more mosquitoes will land upon you. Pregnant women breathe out more CO2 as well, so they are more attractive to mosquitoes.
Remember that any kind of movement or heat will also attract mosquitoes, so try to stay still and don’t get too overactive during the high-mosquito dusk period.
Use a Mosquito Repellant or a Mosquito Control Service
All in all, you can’t do anything about the reasons presented above that makes you such a mosquito magnet. You can’t change your genetics or your size. But you can protect yourself by using a good DEET-based mosquito repellant.
If you don’t want to always be spraying yourself, you can Google, “mosquito control near me,” and find a suitable mosquito control service that way. Just make sure that you avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes as much as possible because they do carry many diseases, like dengue fever, malaria, and more.
You, Mosquito Magnet, You
If only being a mosquito magnet was a positive thing… Now that you know what attracts mosquitoes, you can work on protecting yourself from the swarms of mosquitoes that ravage your poor body.
Take mosquitoes seriously, as they can be quite dangerous, despite their puny size. Read through some other interesting articles here on our website to keep growing your knowledge base.