Before we all start getting too blissful about the warmer weather rolling in, let’s have a quick review of who likes to party crash: mosquitoes. Their reputation precedes them to where the mere mention sends your thoughts to several horrible places: Zika, West Nile virus, itchy welts, and allergic reactions.
Depending on where you live, you may be more prone to seeing them on a regular basis. But what makes you a target is based more on science than myth. Out of the 3,000-plus types of mosquitoes, only 200 or so species like to bite people. And it’s only the females that bite.
They start showing up as the weather gets warmer and their eggs begin to hatch. You know they like water: ponds, lakes, puddles, or a little birdbath in your yard. They like humidity too, like the kind found in damp or swampy places. But do you know why mosquitoes love some people more than others?
What Makes You Attractive
Mosquitoes’ sense of smell can remind you of sharks, and their vision relies on color. With that in mind, here are a few things that make you an alluring snack: carbon dioxide, bacteria, clothes, body odor, and beer.
Larger folks expel a higher amount of carbon dioxide when exhaling, and mosquitoes can smell breath from over 50 yards away. Yikes! In some areas, pregnant women are preferred as they emit higher levels of CO₂ too.
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