Why mosquitoes prefer your blood.
If you're one of those people who attracts mosquitoes in droves, help is at hand. Finally, science has uncovered what it is that draws mosquitoes to some people and not others. Here are five things that will have mosquitoes winging their way to you faster than you can say “No more mozzies!”
According to a recent study, this is high on the mozzie’s appetiser list. Our skin is crawling with the stuff, and apparently some people have bacteria that emits a smell which mosquitoes just cannot resist.
A little bit like Hansel and Gretel, mosquitoes use a trail to track their victim, only the trail they follow is the breath you exhale (carbon dioxide) rather than breadcrumbs. Bad news for all those heavy breathers out there!
On par with carbon dioxide is sweat, heat and lactic acid, all by-products of exercise. Exercise also forces your blood to flow closer to the surface of your skin. Just like humans, mosquitoes are partial to a bit of fast food so, if your blood's easier to access than the next person, you're dinner. Not looking good for all those exercise junkies out there, is it?
But don't go throwing away the runners and cracking open a beer just yet because guess what is next on the list...
A small study has found that people who drink beer are also high on the menu of choice for mosquitoes, although scientists are yet to figure out exactly why.
According to the University of Florida's Entomology Laboratory, other mosquito attractants come from various chemicals that we exhale, one of which is a derivative of oestrogen. (Sorry ladies!)
So, what can you do to deter the pesky little things?
First up, wear light coloured clothing. Mosquitoes rely on sight as well as smell to track their victims, and it is thought that dark clothing makes you stand out against the horizon.
Secondly, cover up as much as possible. Bare skin is like a smorgasbord to a mosquito.
Last but not least, change your smell. Really. It's that simple! If you use a mosquito repellent, the areas of your body that are covered in repellent become unattractive to mosquitoes.
Now, we don't advocate using a repellent with chemicals in it. Nature's Botanical Rosemary and Cedarwood creme made with essential oils is a much safer alternative. Rosemary and Cedarwood are widely known for their ability to repel mosquitoes.
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Food for thought (pardon the pun).