Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?

What attracts mosquitoes

Everyone has asked the question when they discover they have a bunch of itchy bumps, while their friends appear unscathed: “Do mosquitoes bite me more than you?” Yes, it might be true! Approximately 20% of people can claim they are extra-delicious to mosquitoes. Here are the possible reasons:

Blood Type: Mosquitoes bite you for your blood because they need it to reproduce, so it’s no surprise they might have preferences. A study found that mosquitoes land on people with Type O blood nearly twice as often as someone with Type A.

Body Chemicals: About 85% of people secrete a chemical from their skin that indicates the type of blood they have. Regardless of blood type, mosquitoes are more likely to land on people who secrete this chemical than those who do not.

Breath: No, it’s not the garlic you ate earlier that will attract them…it’s the carbon dioxide you exhale. It attracts mosquitoes, so the more you produce, the more likely you are to get bit.

Your Bacteria: Have you ever noticed mosquitoes bite near your ankles and feet more than any other area? That’s because they tend to be areas of your body high in bacteria.

And Many More Reasons: Including pregnancy, beer, and color you’re wearing. Still interested in learning more? The Smithsonian is a great source.

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