Why You’re a Mosquito Magnet and How You Can Put off Those Pesky Pests

Posted: September 4th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

bug-sprayThe common cold may ruin a winter vacation, but at least it’s gone in seven to 10 days. Itchy mosquito bites linger and can ruin entire summer vacations. But not everyone gets bitten. Why are some people bothered more than others?

It’s how you taste. Evidence shows that “one blood type (O) attracts mosquitoes more than others (A or B),” reports Time magazine.

It’s how you smell. Mosquitoes are drawn by odor. Substances ejected by the body through sweat—such as lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia, etc.—help them find you. They also “hone in on a victim by following a steady output of carbon dioxide.” Surprisingly, people who are “more efficient at processing cholesterol, the byproducts of which remain on the skin’s surface” are a beacon for these pests. This may explain why someone who was never bothered before suddenly becomes a tasty treat when he develops high cholesterol.

It’s how you look. Mama always said to wear light colored clothing. It’s not a myth. Mosquitoes use their senses to smell and see their target. According to the American Mosquito Control Association, “studies have shown that some of the 174 mosquito species in the United States are more attracted to dark clothing.” Another factor is size. Larger people (adults) are often victimized more than smaller (children). Simply put, adults put off more odor than children.

Minimizing bites. Since you can’t change your blood type, you must change what you can. So, if mosquitoes are attracted by scent, it stands to reason that they would also be repelled by them. Can you prevent bites through what you eat? That old expression “you are what you eat” may actually have some truth to it.

Eat a clove or two of garlic daily. The odor will be expelled through the skin and breath, which will keep the insects away. Disclaimer:  It might keep more than just the mosquitoes away!

Rub orange and lemon peels on your skin. If you don’t want to smell like garlic, you may be able to get similar results by rubbing fresh orange or lemon peels over your exposed skin.

Eat food low in salt and low in potassium. You know which foods are high in salt. But, you may not know about potassium. According to Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, “blueberries, apples, watermelon, cucumbers, cabbage and green peppers are relatively low in potassium; potatoes, prunes, raisins, spinach, bananas, lima beans and acorn squash are particularly high.”

Avoid alcoholic beverages. This goes back to the odor on your skin. Studies “reported that people consuming beer experience increased mosquito landings on their skin when compared with an abstaining control subject.”

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