Did you ever notice that mosquitoes are more attracted towards some people while others are ignored?
The common factors that make a person more attractive to these creatures are given below.
Sweat. Mosquitoes require water to reproduce. Therefore, they are automatically attracted to areas that have high humidity.
Dark Clothing. Researchers have found that mosquitoes get attracted to dark colours. They can see the dark colours from a distance and use their vision to locate their targets.
People eating higher quantities of potassium and salt. Mosquitoes get attracted to potassium, lactic acid and the salts released by our body. Therefore, one should avoid salty and potassium rich foods like avocados, bananas, and dried fruits.
Perfume and Scented Lotions. Fragrances have been known to attract mosquitoes. They are especially attracted towards floral scents.
Drinking Alcohol. Some experts believe that drinking alcohol generates a chemical, which when released by the skin attracts mosquitoes.
Blood type. People having type ‘O’ blood group are more likely to attract mosquitoes and this percentage is 83 percent more than any other blood group.
Pregnant Woman. Pregnant women are twice more likely to attract mosquitoes than a non-pregnant woman as they exhale more carbon dioxide than a normal person.
Body temperature. The mosquitoes find you faster if your body temperature is high.
Some facts that you would like to know about mosquitoes:
Different mosquitoes have different feeding habits. There are more than 3,000 species around the world with different feeding habits. Some do not feed only human blood at all.
Only female mosquitoes looking to lay eggs bite. Only female mosquitoes planning to lay eggs bite because they want the nutrients in the blood to lay their eggs.
Mosquitoes can consume blood twice their body weight.
A full moon makes mosquitoes more active. According to a study, a full moon increases mosquito activity by 500%.
Mosquitoes are most deadly species on earth. Maximum deaths are attributed to mosquitos on the planet because of the diseases they transmit.
Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from far away. Animals and humans produce carbon dioxide that sends a signal to female mosquitoes that the target is nearby.
Why do mosquito bites itch. The moment a mosquito bites, certain chemicals are injected to prevent blood clotting. These chemicals cause irritation.
Planting Marigolds. Marigolds are great bug repellents as they give off fragrance that is not liked by them.
Always remember to use some kind of mosquito repellent to reduce your chances of getting bitten by mosquitoes.