Why am I so attractive…to mosquitos?

dragon fly

My husband calls me his favorite mosquito-repellant. As in, when I’m there, he doesn’t need to do anything to keep the mosquitos away because they all prefer me.

So I thought I would look into what actually makes some of us more naturally attractive to mosquitos than others?

Apparently 20% of us are consistently mosquitos’ first pick – here are the most common traits:

♦ Blood Type O’s are most likely to be picked – twice more likely than Blood Type A’s

♦ People who breath out more carbon dioxide because they are doing sport, breath more deeply or due to their bigger size (children are less at risk of mosquito bites than adults because of this)

♦ People with higher body temperature or who sweat more

♦ Beer drinkers become more attractive

♦ Dark colored clothes allows them to spot you more easily

♦ Being pregnant doubles your risk

♦ Wearing perfume, especially floral ones makes you more attractive


On a side note, did you know that only female mosquitos bite?

(I know that the photo is a dragon fly and not a mosquito – I just thought it was prettier!)


Sources: here, here and here