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Are You Being More Attractive To Mosquitoes?

Here’s a low-down on bugging habits of mosquitoes.

Rains, cesspools and stagnant water puddles are an open invitation to mosquitoes. And when these mosquitoes chow down on you they bring a catalog of diseases with them. Before you decide whether you should poison them with a hit spray or swat them with a mosquito racquet, there are some surprising facts you should know. Take these knowledge pointers to know the bugging habits of mosquitoes:

- Carbon Dioxide: Mosquitoes have a very strong sense for carbon dioxide. They locate their targets by smelling the gas from as far as 160 feet away. Remember the annoyance of mosquitoes buzzing about the ears all night? That’s because mosquitoes are drawn to our head since carbon dioxide is exhaled from mouth and nose. From exercise to alcohol or eating spicy food, things that turn up your metabolism will increase your CO2 production.

- Pregnancy: In several studies conducted over many years implied that pregnant women attract more mosquito bites. The reason was stipulated to exhalation of more carbon dioxide and warmer body temperature.

- Blood Type: Female mosquitoes feed on proteins in human blood to produce eggs. Indeed, these adult female mosquitoes are the vectors for deadly diseases like malaria. Several researches point out that blood type O is more appetizing for mosquitoes.

- Body Metabolism: Mosquitoes also like to hunt down sweaty people with a lot of lactic acid, uric acid, ammonia and other compounds in their body; higher body temperature is another factor which plays a role. The presence of these chemicals is genetically regulated and affected by your exercise schedules.

- Color: Mosquitoes are smart, and they know to camouflage is their favorite habit. They will mostly sit down on blacks and browns or other dark colors. Wear light colors to look less attractive to the mosquitoes.

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