The Reason Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others Is Quite Surprising

When the weather gets warmer, that means it’s time to put away your coats, head outside, and fire up the grill. But all this warm weather and outside activity comes with a hitch: mosquitoes.

Have you ever noticed that, while you have to spend all summer treating an endless parade of mosquito bites, there’s always that one person who seems to be able to make it through the entire barbecue unscathed? Well, it’s not your imagination!

Mosquitoes are actually attracted to some people more than others. You might’ve heard that it’s because these folks have “sweet blood,” but the truth is a little bit more complicated than you might expect…

For most people in many parts of the world, the presence of mosquitoes—and the pesky mosquito bites that ensue—are simply a fact of life. This is especially true for those who spend a great deal of time outside in the hot weather.

Sure, you can spray some bug repellent on your skin to avoid getting bitten as much as possible, but the fact of the matter is that most people aren’t going to remember (or even want) to do this every time they go outside. Besides, insect repellant is a chemical that can be harmful to you and the environment.

With that in mind, a number of people simply accept the fact that they’re going to be bitten by mosquitoes from time to time. It’s not pleasant, but it’s not something to really worry about, right?

Wrong. While many mosquito bites are indeed relatively harmless (save for some itchy skin irritation), mosquitoes can spread some of the deadliest diseases in the world, including malaria and the Zika virus.

All it takes is just one bite from the wrong mosquito to find yourself at risk of something truly horrifying. While there is little for the average person to do about this kind of problem, it is a bit more preventable than you may expect…

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You may have noticed that some people seem to get bitten more than others. It’s not just your imagination! There are some concrete reasons why mosquitoes are attracted to certain folks.

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The old myth claims that mosquitoes like people who have “sweet blood.” It’s certainly not nearly that simple, but it’s not entirely false, either. Don’t worry too much, though, because it doesn’t necessarily mean you eat too much sugar!

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Indeed, your diet can and does affect how often mosquitoes target you. It’s true that what you eat can have an effect on how you smell, just like your body’s natural chemistry. Mosquitoes are attracted to some smells more than others.

There are several other factors that can lead to you smelling so delicious to mosquitoes. For one, mosquitoes are attracted to the heat of your body, so if you’re exercising and producing more heat, they’ll want to bite you more!

But that’s not all. Mosquitoes are attracted to a lot of other things—and one of them is a beverage you likely drink at least once every week. If you’re one of these people, it’s all the more reason to invest in some bug spray!

Even if you don’t get bitten a lot (lucky you!), you should still put on bug spray as much as possible. With all the frightening diseases that mosquitoes carry, this information could really come in handy.

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