Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted To Me?

May 10, 2024


Have you ever been at an outdoor party and noticed you're the only one mercilessly attacked by mosquitoes? It's not bad luck; there is a reason those mosquitoes are targeting you. Let's examine the science and discuss what makes one person more attractive to mosquitoes than another. As always, stick with us to the end, and we'll give you tips to help you deal with your mosquito problem.

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Why do mosquitoes find some people tastier than others?

Mosquitoes don't bite all people equally. Various factors determine their biting preference.

  • Color contrast
    Mosquitoes have poor eyesight and tend to fly low to the ground. They use the brightness of the horizon to see your dark form in the foreground. If you wear dark colors, mosquitoes can see you better, which could be why you're getting more mosquito bites.
  • Access to skin
    Mosquitoes are attracted to exposed skin, increasing the chances of being bitten.
  • Your smell
    Did you know mosquitoes can sense the carbon dioxide you exhale from more than 30 feet away? When they come closer to you, they can also detect the chemicals on your skin and your sweat. If you emit certain chemical odors, mosquitoes are more likely to find you attractive and come biting.
  • Body heat
    Mosquitoes can sense the heat of warm-blooded animals, and an increase in body temperature can help them zero in and land.
  • Blood type
    Yes, mosquitoes have a preference. People with type O blood have more trouble with mosquitoes. There is a link between blood type and the chemicals our bodies emit.
  • Alcohol consumption
    Recent studies reveal that consuming alcohol can increase mosquito attraction. The reason isn't conclusive, but some researchers suggest it may be due to increased carbon dioxide, sweat, and skin temperature.
  • Pregnancy
    Pregnant women report an increased problem with mosquitoes. This is likely due to increased carbon dioxide, sweat, and skin temperature.

As you can see, there are a variety of reasons why mosquitoes might want to bite you more than someone else. Can you use these factors to avoid bites? Yes, but only to a certain extent. You could wear bright colors, put on a long-sleeved shirt and pair of pants, avoid working out in your backyard, and avoid drinking at outdoor parties, but these prevention steps will only provide a small amount of protection.

What works to prevent mosquito bites?

You’ve probably read about or heard of a few mosquito prevention tips but have some hesitation about using them. After all, it’s hard to walk around in pants on a hot summer day in Florida. Here are a few suggestions promoted on the internet. We’ll discuss their effectiveness in a moment. 

  • Wear protective clothing that keeps your skin covered.
  • Apply mosquito repellent.
  • Use natural repellents like cinnamon oil, citronella candles, and DIY mosquito traps.

As we touched on above, it’s hard to keep your skin completely covered in our region, and walking around in netting doesn’t sound like much fun, either. 

Mosquito repellent may help discourage these biting pests, but it can leave your skin feeling kind of gross. Also, choosing the correct repellent requires a bit of research and maybe even a call to the family doctor. 

Although natural repellents seem like a good idea, they rarely keep mosquitoes away for any length of time. 

To prevent mosquito bites in your yard, there is a better way! Sign up for year-round mosquito control. Before we explain how our mosquito control works, let's look at mosquito behavior.

Why you have mosquitoes in your yard

Mosquitoes don't usually travel far from where they hatch. If you have mosquitoes in your yard, they likely hatched on your property. Female mosquitoes draw a blood meal to fertilize their eggs and lay a hundred eggs at a time. If you target the adult female mosquitoes and treat their breeding sites, you can break the cycle of infestation.

Contact Lindsey Pest Services and get relief from mosquitoes all year long

The secret to getting relief from mosquito bites is not having mosquitoes in your yard. Seasonal mosquito suppression from Lindsey Pest Services targets mosquitoes and breeding sites. 

When you hire our locally owned and operated pest control company, your technician will inspect your property and locate trouble spots. During your service visits, those mosquito hotspots are targeted. We treat mosquito resting areas to eliminate female mosquitoes so they stop laying eggs, and we treat breeding sites to prevent mosquitoes from developing. Our mosquito barrier and breeding site treatments significantly reduce mosquito activity and prevent bites.

If you live in Jacksonville, Asbury Lake, or elsewhere in Greater Jacksonville and along the First Coast, contact Lindsey Pest Services and ask about our Best Pest Control service plan, which includes seasonal mosquito suppression. You don't have to live with mosquitoes. Get relief today.




 

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