Mosquitoes. We all know them, but we probably don’t all love them. Especially when they bite us! But what makes some of us bigger targets for mosquitoes than others?
It turns out, mosquitoes are naturally drawn to several things, such as:
- Dark clothes, such as navy and black
- Higher body heat
- Carbon dioxide, which is put out in higher doses by mouth breathers
- The scent of alcohol, which they can smell on your breath
- Type O blood
So, there’s not much you can do about your body heat and there’s nothing you can do about your blood type, but there ARE some things you can do to avoid those annoying bites.
Almost any breeze—anything above 1 MPH—makes it very difficult for mosquitoes to fly. If you can pick a breezy spot for your summer outing or use electric fans, they will be a great deterrent.
And let’s not forget about DEET! You should NOT spray DEET on your body and clothes like it’s perfume. Instead, squirt a little onto your hands and rub it onto your ankles, elbows, wrists, forehead, and all the other places where your skin is thin—and where mosquitos love to feed.
For more information about keeping safe and itch-free during these summer months, check-in with the CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes/