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What Attracts Mosquitoes To Certain People?

Factors That Attract Mosquitoes

You might think that mosquitoes are equal-opportunity biters but this is not the case at all. Mosquitoes can be quite selective. They don't do it on purpose, it is just in their nature. If you'd like to get fewer bites this mosquitoes season, here are some of the factors that can make you more interesting to those blood-eating pests.

a mosquito biting the neck of a homeowner in pennsylvania

Do you like to stay cool?

If you wear short-sleeves and shorts a lot, you're going to be more attractive mosquitoes. Those mosquitoes are looking for skin to bite. The more skin you have exposed, the more likely it is that you'll be chosen over someone who doesn't.

Do you wear dark colors?

Mosquitoes don't have great eyesight. For this reason, they will often fly low to the ground and use the contrast of the bright sky behind you to lock on target. If you're wearing dark colors, it will make it easier for mosquitoes to get on you. Wearing white or bright colors can make this more difficult, so dress for success.

Do you work in your backyard?

Mosquitoes are drawn to people who have perspiration on their skin. Working on a project in your backyard can have you working up a sweat. If you're able to put a strong fan outside and keep the air blowing on your while you work, you could prevent mosquito bites.

Do you like to jog?

Mosquitoes are drawn to an increase in temperature. If you're warmer than the person next to you, mosquitoes are sure to take notice. If you come to a stop in the park and it seems like mosquitoes are attacking you more than someone relaxing on a park bench, it probably isn't your imagination. Perhaps it's time to get that treadmill you've been considering, or you could apply mosquito-repellent before you go for your morning jog.

Are you pregnant?

If so, you may be as much as two times as attractive to mosquitoes than others around you. You're also at more risk of getting Zika virus, which can cause microcephaly in unborn children. Fortunately, Zika is not endemic to the United States and is currently only spread during outbreaks. Watch the news to stay on top of Zika-related stories to prevent infection.

Do you enjoy an alcoholic beverage in your backyard?

In a Japanese study, it was discovered that drinking one beer can increase the likelihood of being targeted by mosquitoes. It might be due to a rise in skin temperature during drinking or the fact that drinking can make you sweat more. Whatever the reason, it is a good idea to be the designated driver at an outdoor event.

Do you breathe?

The more carbon dioxide you exhale, the more attractive you will be to mosquitoes. Those little bloodsuckers can sense carbon dioxide from quite a distance. At first, they will be drawn to the collective cloud of carbon dioxide being put off from a group of people gathered outside. Once they get to the cloud, they will start to zero in on what is producing that cloud. If you're contributing most, those mosquitoes will be drawn to you.

Are you, you?

Some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others simply because of the chemicals on their skin. It is estimated that there are 400 chemical compounds on the skin of humans that can attract mosquitoes. One chemical that stands out from the rest is called nonanal (Nawn-uh-nawl). If your skin has more of this chemical, you're going to draw mosquitoes to you no matter what you do.

Do You Think You're Attractive To Mosquitoes? 

If so, we'd like you to know that you don't have to let mosquitoes make you their meal when you're in your backyard. With mosquito control service from Moyer Pest Control, you can significantly reduce the mosquitoes in your yard. Mosquito control has the potential to make your yard a mosquito-free zone by creating an environment that is not only repellent to mosquitoes but also resistant to mosquito breeding. The fewer mosquitoes you have in your yard the fewer bites you're going to get. Reach out to us to learn more or to schedule mosquito control service for your home.

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