July 23, 2013
Why You Are The Perfect Match For Mosquitoes (Part 3)
Most of you already know that having a certain blood type can affect your attractiveness to mosquitoes. But did you know that what you are wearing or doing can also impact whether you will get nibbled on?
When you were little, you were probably told to keep moving to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. As logical as this sounds, ironically, moving around just attracts more bugs to you. When you exercise or do any rigorous activity you build up lactic acid, which is very attractive to mosquitoes. If people exercise or take steroids, their chances of getting bitten will increase even more than people that exercise without taking steroids.
Another thing scientists have found that attracts mosquitoes to us is, surprisingly, what we wear. The darker the clothes you wear, the more they will come after you. Scientists say this is due to the fact that dark colors are easier for bugs to spot. If a dark color is surrounded by carbon dioxide, well, then they know they can easily get a meal right away.
Alright, so let’s review you attract mosquitoes if you:
- have type “o” blood
- Are pregnant
- Are a guy ( or a person of bigger proportions)
- Are moving around a lot (sweating)
- Are wearing dark clothing
Obviously, some of these factors like your blood type, being pregnant, or being male you can’t change to prevent getting bitten by these tiny vampires, but there are some things you can do to help yourself. For starters, if you know you are going to be out and about around nature or hot moist area, try avoiding wearing dark clothing. It will help reduce a bit of the mosquitoes that will notice you and will also keep you cooler in this ungodly summer heat. There is nothing wrong with exercising out in the great doors, but if you do, try to keep a towel with you to wipe off the sweat and prevent the constant smell surrounding you that helps mosquitoes find you. And if you decide to have a little get together out in the back yard with a couple of beers, try to have some fans on. It will help you have a nice little breeze and will help blow away a few of the annoying little creatures.
As the summer continues, remember that there is nothing wrong with enjoying the great outdoors and having a grand old time, as long as you do it safely, as there are tons of diseases that mosquitoes can transmit to you or your kids. There are many good chemical and natural bug repellants; just find one that works for you and have an awesome summer.
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