Who doesn’t like summertime? We wait for it all winter long and when it finally arrives we’re thrilled we can go back to our outdoor activities and spend some more time in nature. We rejoice at the mere thought of backyard BBQs, evening jogs and picnics in the park but then we remember the pesky mosquitoes that ruin it all for us.
Why is it that some people have no worries when it comes to mosquitoes and others seem to be a magnet for these creatures? Why is it that some people get more bites and others not so much? Is there something to it or is it just their bad luck?
Are some people mosquito magnets?
If you’re anything like me, you probably fear going out at night in the summer because it inevitably means that you’ll end up with a dozen mosquito bites. After doing some research online I’ve discovered that there are some factors that play a role in this matter such as:
- Athletic people get more bites. Yes, you heard us right, if you’re physically active in some sport it’s more likely to get mosquito bites. Why? After working out, our bodies produce more lactic acid and this acid attracts these pesky insects.
- Shower before going out. Just like lactic acid, sweat also attracts mosquitoes, more particularly, the bacteria that makes our sweat smell sweet is what’s attractive to them. SO if you’re planning a night in the outdoors make sure you shower right before going out and hope for the best.
- Pregnant women get more bites. This is due to the fact that they emit higher amounts of CO2, another substance that attracts mosquitoes.
- Alcohol attracts them as well. Well, not alcohol per se, but when we drink we tend to emit more CO2, which, as we already mentioned attracts them.
- Wearing super dark colors attracts them. We don’t know why, but it seems that mosquitoes have a favorite color and it’s any shade of dark. Lighter or softer colors blend in with the light and seem to act as a repellent so when in doubt, where bright.
- Blood type 0 attracts mosquitoes. In addition to having a favorite color, these little suckers have a favorite blood type and it’s O. Since there’s nothing we can do to change our blood type, the only thing that remains is apply a heavy load of mosquito repellent and pray for the best.
Keep them at bay
If you spend a lot of time in your backyard during the summer you should consider creating a non-friendly environment for mosquitoes. This includes eliminating all sources of stagnant water and maintaining a low-trimmed grass lawn. In addition to this, here are some other tips on how to best defend yourself from mosquito attacks:
- Shower more often.
- Wear light colored, thicker clothes.
- Apply a heavy load of mosquito repellent, you can buy it in any store or you can even make your own.
- Avoid outdoor places with stagnant water, tall grasses and wind-less weather.
- Consume more chili peppers, garlic and onions, all of these will make your body a less attractive meal for mosquitoes.