Interesting Facts About Mosquitoes’ Biting Behavior
There are tons of bugs that exist around you which you are totally unaware of. In fact, if ever you saw someone crawling on the ground looking for them, it would be alarming. But there are some that just seem to be all up in our faces, right? Mosquitoes fall in this category. You would hardly fail to notice a mosquito. What with their buzzing sound and biting skills! Moreover, you may have thought about their behavior as far as biting people go. Do they have preferences? Why are some people mosquito victims while others aren’t? This post will help you learn all that.
Don’t Believe the Lies
There are perfectly scientific reasons why mosquitoes bite some people and not others. So, are you among the “lucky” who don’t have to keep zapping the bugs as you sit outside? There’s no mystery about it. They have preferences.
Please don’t feel singled out, special, or view yourself as a chosen one. She bites everyone. This is just the inherent nature of the beast. There is absolutely no truth to the persistent myths that mosquitoes fancy females over males, that they prefer blondes and redheads over those with darker hair, or that the darker or more leathery your skin, the safer you are from her bite. It is true, however, that she does play favorites and feasts on some more than others. Read more at Business Insider Africa
Sorry to burst your bubble. But that doesn’t change the reality. You will still enjoy a mosquito-free outdoor experience. But now you can stop thinking there must be a bad omen following those who are bitten by mosquitoes- all the time!
Why They Bite
“Can’t mosquitoes survive without biting us?” This is a common and very reasonable question. Well, it turns out that they don’t just bite so they can “leave a mark” on you. It’s a survival tactic. And for that reason, they have special features that help them detect where to get their blood meal.
Mosquitoes feast on us for practical reasons. Only the females bite humans and they do it to derive proteins from our blood to produce their eggs. To help locate their prey, females are equipped with special odor receptors that detect carbon dioxide and the scents of humans. And that means people who are greater emitters of carbon dioxide — generally, if they’re overweight or pregnant — tend to be more attractive to mosquitoes. Read more at Pfizer
Apart from the carbon dioxide you emit, there are other factors that may make you especially attractive to mosquitoes.
Are You Attractive?
Emitting carbon dioxide is a general characteristic for all of us. But there are specific things that make you a tad more attractive.
Research shows that mosquitoes have favorite blood types when targeting humans when it comes to A, B and O blood. Most mosquito species prefer type O blood. These little bloodsuckers will also go after people with type B blood, but not as aggressive as they hunt down folks with type O.
Mosquitoes’ least favorite blood type is type A, which means if a type A (blood) person is hanging out with type O or B friends, nasty mosquitoes may skip over him or her entirely. Read more at Mosquitonix
It’s true, there’s nothing you can do about your blood type. But you could choose to avoid bright colors when you go for those outdoor events. Also, if you keep that beer bottle away, you’ll emit less carbon dioxide.
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