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Why mosquitoes bite some people more than others

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There are many opinions why mosquitoes bite some people and do not bite others.

Beer lovers, fat men, people who produce more carbon dioxide and sweat are thought to be more tasty for mosquitoes.

One thing we know for sure: genetics and body chemistry are the keys to understanding this, their mosquito, selectivity. It is said that every tenth person is attractive for a bite.

Tricks against mosquitoes that will help drive away the ubiquitous insects and remain “uneaten”.

So why do mosquitoes attack certain people?

Let's figure out what mosquitoes want, landing on our skin. Without a share of sexism, let's say that only females bite. In order to breed, to feed the eggs, they need the blood of mammals. Males of all species of mosquitoes known to the world eat exclusively plant foods and do not hunt by sucking blood.

Females are very selective, and for their future offspring they want only better blood. As you know, each of us has its own unique body odor. And mosquitoes know exactly how the “ideal” fragrance “sounds” for them. They can feel it for 30 meters.

Just imagine, in the human body there are about 100 trillion microbes. We even have our own, so to speak, “microbial signature”, which is determined mainly by genetics. These microbes are the main part of our immune system, so remember that too frequent water procedures are not beneficial and they certainly will not hide your smell from the acute smell of mosquitoes.

Is blood type important

If the mosquito liked your smell, it will not lag behind you. In addition, the experiments showed that mosquitoes prefer people with blood type I twice as often as with II.

This means that in 85% of cases a person lures mosquitoes with his blood type.

So what is this perfect flavor?

Again, a large role is played by the amount of sweat and carbon dioxide secreted by the human body. However, the smell of our body is even more important.

Lactic acid, as it turned out, is very attractive to most types of mosquitoes. And certain foods, such as cheese, soy, yogurt or pickled vegetables, coupled with physical activity, lead to the formation of more lactic acid on the surface of the skin. And this attracts buzzing bloodsuckers to us.

Making yourself completely unattractive to mosquitoes is impossible. All we can do is to apply precautionary measures: cover large areas of skin with clothing, do not go outside at dawn and in the evening during high humidity, and use protective creams and insect bite sprays, aromatic oils. But even after all this, mosquitoes will not “love” us less.