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

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  • Rosi on Aug 03, 2013 Reply

    My experience only, haven’t checked recently for reliable validation: Eating sweets makes you more attractive to mosquitoes–they like your blood sugar. Eating nutritional yeast or B-50 vitamins makes you less attractive. This is for USA mosquitoes only. Citronella is the best natural repellant I found for mosquitoes in India.

    • Hiba on Aug 03, 2013 Reply

      Thanks for sharing this info, I’ll have to look into it!

  • Hiba on Jul 31, 2013 Reply

    I wanted to add that in but I couldn’t find anything reliable! Apparently it depends on the type of mosquito as there are over 300 species. Lemon Eucalyptus seems to be the most reliable from what I read. Otherwise, what I do now when I travel is buy mosquito repellant in the place I am traveling as this often seems more efficient for the local mosquitos!

  • Vanessa on Jul 31, 2013 Reply

    Oh dear! I bet I can share the nickname with you… Would you have any tips on “other” natural mosquito repellant? I heard of basil and lemongrass… Thanks

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