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Are You a Mosquito Magnet? Blame Your Blood

Are You a Mosquito Magnet? Blame Your Blood

If you’ve ever suspected that you are irresistibly attractive to mosquitoes, you might not just be paranoid. Mosquitoes are drawn to all kinds of physical particularities, from smelly feet— which they flock to — to the carbon-dioxide and body heat that those with higher metabolisms throw off. Yep, that means kids and the naturally lean are more likely to be nibbled on.

But a little-known fact is that mosquitoes are also attracted to one blood type over all others. People with Type O blood were found to be twice as attractive to skeeters than those with Type A blood in a Japanese study. Interestingly, mosquitoes can taste, via skin secretions, what blood type we are before they suck any blood, which is what enables them to find their favored blood type.

The good news? You can repel mosquitoes naturally in a variety of ways. One easy way is by choosing different clothes. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker colors (black and navy blue) and alight less frequently on light colors like white, khaki and pastels — all popular summer colors. Perhaps mosquitoes have evolved away from landing on lighter colors because they can be seen — and slapped at — more easily. Mozzies are also most active at dawn and dusk, so if you avoid being outside during those times, (or stay in a screened-in porch, one of my favorite ways to beat the bugs) you can avoid them fairly easily.

Leaving spiders alone (with their webs intact) is another great way to reduce skeeters in your neighborhood; mosquitoes are a favorite food for arachnids and get easily stuck in their webs. A single bat can also eat hundreds of mosquitoes of an evening, so consider installing a bat box to encourage bats to live near your home, and they will feed on all the pesky biting bugs.

There are also plenty of delicious-smelling natural, nontoxic essential oils that repel mosquitoes. I use a combination of lavender, tea tree oil and a touch of citronella, which keeps the buzzing menaces at bay. Occasionally, a mosquito gets through the haze of scent and gets me, but it’s summer after all. A bite here and there reminds me that we live in a world inhabited by many, many other creatures — some of which want to eat us.

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By Starre Vartan, MNN.com

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7:29AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

8:36PM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

Thanks

12:25AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Watch out for Ross River fever from Mozzies!!! It is horrific & DOES DAMAGE TO THE BODY FOR YEARS.

9:27AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

I too am a mosquito magnet and am oddly Type A blood. Go figure. No matter what clothes I wear or repellants I put on, I manage to be eaten alive when I want to be outside. My friends love having me along as they know the mozzies will feed on me and leave them alone. LOL It's a constant summer struggle. I believe being a fair-skinned redhead has something to do with it.

8:39AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Yep, I'm a mosquito magnet too :(. I find putting Anbesol or Ora gel on the bite numbs the itch, so you're not clawing yourself to bits.

2:05AM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

I get attacked mercilessly while my friends don't even notice the mozzies. And yes, I'm type O. They get me especially around the ankles and wrists.

1:33AM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

Hmm, I never knew they were more attracted to dark clothes!!

10:13PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

Thanks!

6:05PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

I'm a type A pos, but a type 2 diabetic, they LOOOOOOVE me! But... over the fourth, I splashed a wee bit of 5% acidity white vinegar on my exposed parts... and only got 1 bite in several hours! WOW... I was impressed!

3:33AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

I'd rather be an ANT magnet.

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