Five reasons why you get bitten by mosquitos
1. Our breath smells GREAT
For mosquitoes, “any type of carbon dioxide is attractive, even over a long distance,” according to Joe Conlon PhD, technical advisor to the American Mosquito Control Association – so it is almost inevitable that we will attract the occasional insect.
Mosquitoes use an organ called the maxillary palp to detect carbon dioxide, and can detect it from over 150 feet away. So animals who exhale more CO2 naturally have an increased likelihood of attracting insects.
2. The more active, the more attractive
Exercise produces more sweat, body heat and increases our CO2 emission, so we're more obvious to mozzies and our blood is tastier.
Not only is there more delectable detritus (organic material made up of dead skin and other waste products) building up on the skin when we exercise, but our increased breathing rate means our CO2 emission is higher.
Mozzies also hunt down their victims by detecting lactic acid, uric acid and ammonia, all of which are produced through intense exercise.
3. They like beer
Evidence suggests that those who enjoy a boozy drink or two are more likely to be bitten by insects – this is because it affects your sweat production and skin temperature.
4. You're lovely and warm
Pregnant women attract double the amount of mosquitoes as they are about a degree warmer than other people, and they exhale roughly 20% more carbon dioxide. Tasty.
5. You have great taste in clothes
Wearing dark clothing can make you stand out to a mosquito; reds and purples are particularly vibrant for mosquitoes. To reduce your chance of being bitten, simply wear light coloured clothing.