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Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People and Not Others -- And the Surprising, Natural Way to Avoid Bites


Health & Wellness  (tags: mosquitoes, parasites, disease transmission, remedies, interesting, investigation, prevention )

Lynn
- 149 days ago - alternet.org
Why are some people so much more attractive to mosquitoes than others? And what can you do about the pesky little bloodsuckers, especially if you don't want to resort to DEET? (DEET, while effective, is also weakly neurotoxic in humans.)



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Lynn Squance (232)
Saturday June 28, 2014, 1:18 pm
Being someone that has always been attractive to the mighty little mosquito, I was attracted to this article by the idea of natural remedies. I also found it interesting to read what some of the human scents the little blighters are attracted to. When I get bitten, I swell up and itch to my distraction. It is time to try Dr Mercola's bug spray. The other thing, don't have standing water around your house unless you are unattractive to the bugs, and you really hate your neighbours. That is the perfect breeding ground.
 

Lone F. (35)
Saturday June 28, 2014, 3:28 pm
Thank you, Lynn, for this very interesting article!
 

Rhonda B. (109)
Monday June 30, 2014, 2:17 am
Noted. Thank you Lynn.
 

Jordan G. (29)
Monday June 30, 2014, 2:19 am
Must try. TY.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday June 30, 2014, 2:23 am
Thank you for the link very interesting!
 

A F. (132)
Monday June 30, 2014, 2:56 am
thanks!
 

Frances Darcy (224)
Monday June 30, 2014, 7:31 am
We don't get them in Ireland ,Thank God.
 

Birgit W. (150)
Monday June 30, 2014, 2:15 pm
Thanks.
 

Dan(iel)) M. (25)
Monday June 30, 2014, 3:24 pm
Interesting. Thanks for posting.
 

Kate Kenner (206)
Monday June 30, 2014, 4:38 pm
I have to say that I am fortunate to not attract a lot of mosquitos and if they do I have not reaction. Thank goodness for small favors.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Monday June 30, 2014, 5:26 pm
Noted. Thank you for the article.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Monday June 30, 2014, 5:28 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting this wonderful info, Lynn. We burn citronella candles and small torches around us when we sit outside.
 

David F. (39)
Monday June 30, 2014, 5:32 pm
Just awful the mosquitos this year in Eastern ontario, probably 20 bites a day at the very least. Banana skin and glycerin stop the itch. Off eucalyptus lotion works well if I put in on,
 

Julie W. (21)
Monday June 30, 2014, 8:41 pm
I'm surprised that catnip didn't make this list, as it has been shown to be as effective as DEET. It's hard to find the oil though. I rely on a little gizmo I have mentioned here before that makes the sound of a male mossie, and keeps the biting female away.

I believe you can buy it on Amazon.

 

Shawna S. (44)
Monday June 30, 2014, 9:07 pm
I hate those itchy bites. Luckily, mosquitoes don't bother with me much, but now I know what they dislike and will use that to my advantage.
Thanks for sharing :")
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (44)
Monday June 30, 2014, 11:32 pm
Interesting article. Thanks Lynn for posting.
 

John Gregoire (261)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 4:50 am
Have field tested all of this during a rigorous scientific study and NONE of the electronic gizmos work; they are a fraud. The other non DEET methods have limited use and make you smell nice, or not but have no lasting effect. Pyrethrin works on clothing and is most effective against ticks. In sum, if you wish to flirt with disease, itching and Lyme disease go ahead and use this stuff. Those of us that live and work outside use DEET.
 

Kathleen Mireault (84)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 7:08 am
Noted. Thanks for posting, Lynn! The bloodthirsty little bitches LOVE me, and the local skin reaction to a bite can last for weeks. Haven't tried Dr. Mercola's bug spray, but will keep my eye out for it.
 

Evanola Davis (75)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 8:23 am
I used to be a mosquito magnet, however since I have been on numerous medications for numerous health problems, mosquitoes don't like me!!! YAYYYY!!!! My daughter and granddaughter are just the opposite. They are covered with bites that get to be 1-2 inches in diameter. Nothing works for them.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 7:49 pm
Just a note: There are a couple homeopathic creams I've found useful: Ledum Palustre & Apis mellifica, which can also be bought as tiny pills and taken orally. The cream should be applied as immediately as possible after being bitten. Hope this is helpful to someone.
 

Carol Johnson (11)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 8:23 pm
Thank you for sharing
 

Tina F. (103)
Tuesday July 1, 2014, 9:11 pm
Thanks Lynn!
 

Winn Adams (199)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 8:33 am
When I lived in NJ I was their breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now living in the Pacific NW not so much!
 

Charlie Rush (59)
Wednesday July 2, 2014, 8:44 pm
I might as well stop telling people that I can bitten, often, due to my sweet blood.
The reality is, it doesn't impress anyone, especially the mosquitoes.
I wish those female biting machines would pick on the male species for fertilizing their eggs in the first place.
 

Melania Padilla (180)
Thursday July 3, 2014, 4:08 pm
Thanks
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (382)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 1:08 am
I am the "lucky" one "adored" by these parasites! I used to scratch as a child and the bites would become infected. Fleas, mosquitoes, you name it. I just don't scratch anymore and usually don't put anything on the bites. I suffer in silence though sometimes use four letter words for about five minutes until the itch subsides. I think it has to do with skin odor, not blood type.
 

Ismail A away sickness (208)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 1:15 am
Noted, Thank you my friend Lynn, i hate mosquito bites but now hate my genes more
 

Sylvie A. (137)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 3:19 am
Les insectes m'adorent... ils rendent ma vie infernale !!!
 

pam w. (191)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 8:50 am
If mosquitos are a problem for you...stick with me because they adore me and will ignore you! (It was so bad in Ecuador that people were taking photos of my poor, purple-blotched legs!

So...here's what I've learned. Take along a little baggie with unseasoned MEAT TENDERIZER. When you're bitten, spit on your skin and rub meat tenderizer on the bite. The papaya enzymen will help neutralize your body's reaction to the mosquito ''juice."
 

Dandelion G. (387)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 2:42 pm
Thankfully don't get so many mosquito's now where I live in Florida and haven't been bit in years....up in New England one couldn't enjoy the good weather as the mosquito's would carry one away.
 

Susan Allen (218)
Sunday July 6, 2014, 7:05 pm
I'm mosquito bait I'm afraid. My husband loves it when I'm around because I lure them away from him. I've tried different oils in combination and do okay with them, but chances are I will be bitten rather regularly. I use a !% hydrocortisone cream to take care of the itching. Have tried other things, but that seems to stop the itch for me almost instantly,
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Tuesday July 8, 2014, 12:42 pm
Little bastards LOVE me...I look like a complete idiot when Im outside talking with neighbors and Im hitting and scratching and look like pinwheel trying to get them away from me while they just stand there and dont get bothered at all!
I saw on the news that those with O+ blood attract them as well.

I use Avons Skin so Soft before I go out and it seems to work ok, although they always get me where theres a spot with out it...lol Of course Off kicks ass but I dont like to use it unless i have too.
 

Debbie Crowe (78)
Monday September 15, 2014, 10:30 am
I have very dry skin and have never been bothered by mosquitos. Then, all or a sudden, they like me, they really like me! But, I hate them!!
 
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