Mosquitoes Are Attracted To What?
July 24, 2014
Do you seem to be a mosquito magnet? The fact is that some people really and truly do attract more mosquitoes than others! When you are a mosquito magnet, you seem to get lots of mosquito bites, even if you only spend a short amount of time outdoors. You probably spend a lot of time in the summer scratching all those mosquito bites and you are probably getting a little fed up with it! Unfortunately, there are still some aspects of it that scientists don’t understand, but here are some of the things that make you so attractive to those biting pests!
How much CO₂ you give off. CO₂ is carbon dioxide, and the more of it you give off, the more attractive you are to mosquitoes.
Your size. The bigger you are, the more carbon dioxide you typically give off. Like we just said, the more carbon dioxide you release, the more attractive you are to mosquitoes! This is one of the reasons why adults tend to get bitten more by mosquitoes than children.
Your blood type. Studies have shown that mosquitoes find certain types of blood more appetizing. One study found that mosquitoes landed on people with Type O blood almost twice as much as those folks with Type A blood. People with Type B blood fell somewhere in between those with Type O and those with Type A. Apparently 85% of people secrete a chemical signal through their skin, which indicates which type of blood they have, so mosquitoes can tell a lot about you just by the chemicals you emit!
The microbes you have on your skin. Everyone has bacteria on their skin, but there is a certain combination of bacteria and microbes that are especially tasty to mosquitoes. There is really no way to know what kind of combination you have on your skin without heading to a lab, but if you know you seem to attract mosquitoes more than most, you probably have just the right (or in this case, wrong!) combination when it comes to attracting mosquitoes.
Heat and movement. Mosquitoes zone in on especially warm bodies and bodies in motion. That’s why if you’re outdoors playing an active sport like soccer, you may notice more mosquitoes buzzing around you. If you finally stop your running around and you are winded, that’s the perfect combination to attract mosquitoes. At this time you are emitting more carbon dioxide than usual and your body temperature is elevated- making you just the right snack for mosquitoes!
Along with these physical traits, there are a few other things that may attract mosquitoes to you. The color you are wearing can attract mosquitoes. Studies have found mosquitoes are most attracted to black, dark blue and red. Are you pregnant? If so, studies have found that you are likely to attract twice as many mosquitoes than non-pregnant folks- mostly because you run warmer and you are emitting more carbon dioxide than the non-pregnant.
If you have just learned that you truly are a mosquito magnet, here’s what you can do:
Use an insect repellent that contains DEET. This is one of the most effective methods at repelling insects, even if you are a certified magnet! Use it on your skin and your clothing.
Cut grass on your property short. This leaves fewer places for mosquitoes to hide during the hottest parts of the day.
Eliminate areas of standing water on your property, because this is where mosquitoes breed.
Contact a pest control pro for mosquito abatement services.
For more information on mosquito management and to schedule an appointment, please contact the prost at Moyer Indoor | Outdoor. Our pest control division is happy to help you with a mosquito problem on your property so that you can stop worrying about being a mosquito magnet and enjoy your summer.