It’s always nice to feel attractive — except when it comes to mosquitoes. Believe it or not, pesky mosquitoes can be more attracted to you than other people, making you more likely to get bitten. Your genetics, along with certain behaviors, can have a significant impact on how appealing mosquitoes find you. While you can’t help what mosquitoes find attractive, you can reduce the risk of mosquito bites by learning all the ways you attract mosquitoes in West Palm Beach.
What Are Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are considered to be the deadliest animal on the planet, causing approximately one million deaths per year. Mosquitoes are responsible for spreading life-threatening diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, and dengue fever. While most bites just result in an annoying itch, it’s incredibly important to take the threat of mosquitoes seriously.
Like other parasitic insects such as bed bugs and ticks, mosquitoes feed on blood for survival. Some species prefer birds or reptiles, but human beings are a favorite food source. Mosquitoes can often be found around areas of still water like ponds and swamps, where they breed and congregate.
Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted To Me?
Some people are more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes. Your biology and your behavior affect your chances; in other words, your genes might attract mosquitoes as much as your jeans. While you can’t change your DNA, a simple wardrobe adjustment can spoil the appetites of hungry bloodsuckers. Here are a few reasons why you might attract mosquitoes:
- Metabolism: People with fast metabolisms produce more carbon dioxide, and mosquitoes are drawn to carbon dioxide. Runners, cyclists, other athletes, and those with naturally fast metabolisms are at risk.
- Body heat: Warm bodies mean warm blood, and excessive body heat and sweat can attract mosquitoes.
- Blood type: When given the choice, mosquitoes tend to prefer Type O blood as compared to other blood types. If you find that mosquitoes gravitate towards you, it might mean you’re a universal donor.
- Alcohol consumption: Whether it’s due to warming of the blood or the smell of alcohol in our bodies, drinking makes you more attractive to mosquitoes. Be especially careful at outdoor parties.
- Dark clothing: While they depend on thermal and chemical information to find their victims, mosquitoes are also highly visual and prefer to prey on people wearing dark-colored clothing.
How To Avoid Mosquitoes
It can seem impossible to avoid mosquitoes completely, but there are some simple things you can do to protect yourself:
- Stay indoors at dawn and dusk. Mosquitoes are at their most active in twilight hours when the sun is rising or setting. Avoid going outside for long periods of time at dawn and dusk.
- Stay away from still water. Try not to spend time near ponds, swamps, or other areas of stagnant water where mosquitoes breed. It’s also worth inspecting your property for any sources of standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs.
- Wear lighter clothing. Wear light-colored clothes when spending time outdoors. Loose-fitting clothes and clothes with thick fabric are more resistant to mosquito bites.
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