|Why Mosquitoes Attack|
Why did the mosquitoes attack me and steered clear of my colleagues? Am I a mosquito magnet?Experts have shown that yes, there is a thing as a mosquito magnet. Studies have shown that one in 10 people may be more attractive than others to mosquitoes. It turns out that genetics does not only play a part in illnesses we may acquire but also in catching the attention of mosquitoes.
Here are just some of the possible reasons why your friendly neighborhood mosquito keeps coming back:
|Defense against mosquitos|
- Studies have shown that certain elements in our body chemistry may be the culprit. Individuals with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface, for instance, may attract mosquitoes. This does not mean that mosquitoes will only attack people with high cholesterol; rather experts explain that these individuals process their cholesterol better than those with lower cholesterol levels, thus leaving the byproducts on the skin’s surface.
- In addition, experts say that people carrying extra amounts of acid like uric acid may also draw in mosquitoes. The presence of these chemicals on individuals makess themn an easy prey to bug bites.
- Pregnant women tend to exhale larger amounts of carbon dioxide. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and can smell it from a distance of up to 50 meters. This is why pregnant women and other individuals who release large amounts of carbon dioxide attract mosquitoes.
- When people exercise, they exhale more carbon dioxide. They also sweat more. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are attracted to the scent of sweat. The combination of sweat, carbon dioxide, plus a person’s movement and body heat make him or her a good target for mosquitoes. This explains why active children often come home with mosquito bites on their bodies.
Since genetics cannot be altered, we might as well be equipped with the best defense- mosquito repellents.
Insect-repellent lotion prevents mosquitoes from biting exposed areas of the skin where it is applied. It can be used indoors and outdoors, during the day or through the night.
Indeed, the rainy months have arrived and so are the mosquitoes. Be vigilant and be prepared against mosquitoes for the sake of our family and loved-ones!