5 reasons mosquitoes bite some people and leave some

Have you observed that certain people are more likely than others to get bitten by mosquitoes? Everyone has at least one acquaintance who is prone to malaria.

A recent MailOnline piece clarified the reasons why certain individuals are more vulnerable to mosquito bites than others. This is an outline of the main elements that contribute to some people's susceptibility to these gory creatures.

Dimensions of the body and respiration
Experts point out that the carbon dioxide (CO2) that humans exhale attracts insects. Bigger people release more CO2, which increases their vulnerability to bites.

This implies that men are frequently bitten more than women and that adults usually acquire more bites than children. Additionally, pregnant women are more vulnerable because of their higher CO2 emissions.

Natural body scent and skin microbiota
The unique body odour of an individual, influenced by genetics and the skin's microbiome, plays a significant role in attracting mosquitoes.

Research involving nylon strips that capture human scent has demonstrated that mosquitoes have preferences for certain odors. Interestingly, studies on twins suggest that genetics could determine up to 67% of this attraction factor.


Clothing choices
Mosquitoes use their sense of sight alongside their sense of smell to find their targets. They are particularly drawn to certain colors, such as red, orange, black, and cyan. To avoid falling victim to mosquito bites avoid these colors, especially during peak mosquito activity times.

Blood type
While it's a popular belief that blood type, particularly type O, may attract more mosquitoes, research remains inconclusive. Experts like Dr. Robert Jones of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine suggest that other factors play a more significant role in mosquito attraction than blood type.

Diet and alcohol consumption
There are many claims online about certain foods and drinks either repelling or attracting mosquitoes. For example, the consumption of garlic is thought to mask human scents, whereas salty or sweet foods might enhance our attractiveness to these pests.

Even alcohol consumption, like beer, could increase your chances of getting bitten, although the evidence is not robust.


Given the mixed evidence regarding dietary effects, Dr. Jones recommends sticking to proven mosquito-repellent methods.

Individual reactions to bites

It's also worth noting that some people might experience more severe reactions to mosquito bites, which can make it seem like they are bitten more frequently. These individuals might have itchier, larger, and more painful bite marks.

Preventive measures

To minimize mosquito bites, individuals are advised to wear long-sleeved clothing and trousers, use effective insect repellents, keep windows closed or use fly screens, and sleep under mosquito nets.

Extra caution is advised during early morning and early evening when mosquitoes are most active.

By understanding these factors, one can take more effective measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites and the associated health risks.

Randy Osei Akoto

A content creator, writer, blogger and digital marketer currently the Editor and writer at Believes in hard work and keeps up with latest trending stories making rounds across the globe in all aspects, from politics, sports, entertainment, health, business etc.

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