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Do You Know Why You Are Prone To Mosquito Bites?

October 28th, 2010 · 8 Comments ·
 
 

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I was sleeping the same room with my younger brother last night.  When I woke up, I realized that I have more than 10 mosquito bites on my arm and legs whereas my brother does not even have a single one.  Have you had the similar experience?  I was wondering whether mosquitoes prefer dining on some people over others.

Yes, mosquitoes do have some preferences when come to choosing their prey:

  1. Based on the research at the University of Florida, some people have certain body chemistry which can be found in excess on the skin’s surface.  People with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface attract mosquitoes. But, this does not necessarily mean that mosquitoes attack on people with higher overall levels of cholesterol. These people simply may be more efficient at processing cholesterol, the byproducts of which remain on the skin’s surface.
  2. Mosquitoes also like people who produce excess amounts of certain acids, such as uric acid and lactic acid.  This acid trigger mosquitoes’ sense of smell and getting them to land on victims.
  3. Mosquitoes can also smell their victim, as far as 50 meter, because of the emission of carbon dioxide.  Large size people tend to give off more carbon dioxide.  That reason explains explain mosquitoes prefer sucking blood from adults to small children.  Pregnant women are at risk too because they exhale greater than normal amount of carbon dioxide.

Based on the few factors mentioned, if you exercise outdoor in late evening, while you are sitting down taking rest in the park, you may realize that mosquito will swarm over you.  With the smell of carbon dioxide from your heavy breathing and the lactic acid from your sweat glands, that explains why.

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That is another rumor saying that people who eat bananas daily are the favorite of mosquito too. They say the scent of bananas, which seeps from your pores when you sweat, will likely attract mosquito.  If this theory is true, the theory of eating garlic preventing mosquito bites should be true then.

Eating large quantities of garlic, the smell will also prevent your friends from getting closer to you.  Let me know whether eating garlic is really useful.

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8 responses so far ↓
  • Jason // Oct 28, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    It might be just a rumor but I eat 2-3 bananas a day and mosquitoes LOVE me. :)

    Just an FYI, the word “proned” does not exist. The word you’re looking for is “prone”. ;)

  • Nilesh Babu // Oct 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    blood type matters too

    “A study in Nature (Wood and Dore, 1972) found that mosquitoes were more likely to bite people with type O blood than other potential victims, while people with type A got the fewest bites.”

    http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2891/do-mosquitoes-prefer-certain-blood-types-plus

  • Luis R // Oct 28, 2010 at 2:58 PM

    When I go to Nicaragua to visit my LIttle Daughter and my Wife, the damn mosquitoes follow me everywhere, i get around 25 mosquito bites everyday when Im over there, But my daughter and wife dont get any =/ weird stuff

  • jason // Oct 31, 2010 at 9:52 PM

    i agree that fat people are more prone to mosquito bite

  • Kim // Nov 1, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    This is very interesting. I eat a banana a day and I’ve always wondered why I am prone to mosquito bites. Thanks for the information.

  • El Bilson // Nov 6, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    How do you know if you have more acid or cholesterol on your skin?

  • KevL // Nov 7, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    “Based on the few factors mentioned, if you exercise outdoor in late evening, while you are sitting down taking rest in the park, you may realize that mosquito will swarm over you. With the smell of carbon dioxide from your heavy breathing and the lactic acid from your sweat glands, that explains why.”

    – I don’t buy into this. Firstly, most mosquitoes come out to feed in the evening when natural light levels are low; some feed during daytime, but they tend to roam in darker, dimly lit areas ie. under a work desk. Secondly, if you’re outdoors, you are definitely more prone to getting swarmed by mosquitoes simply because.. they come from the outside, and not from our homes. Anyone who finds a seat in the park area is highly likely to get bitten.

  • Ninie Ahmad // Nov 8, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    I love bananas :P, I don’t like garlic yet I haven’t been bitten by mosquitoes for the over 10 years, no matter where or which country I go. I don’t know why..

    Although coincidentally, I started yoga 10 years ago too ;)

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