Things That Make You Attractive To Mosquitoes

Do mosquitoes find you much delicious than others around you? Or do you think that mosquitoes find everyone is equally delicious? There were old beliefs that were applied by people to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Some of you might have heard and even believed. But did you ever wonder about the scientific truth behind mosquitoes favoring some people’s blood over others?

Knowing the co-factors that attracts the mosquitoes in to you can always make you feel much trouble while you are traveling as you can avoid by taking precautions to not to be another center of attraction for mosquitoes.

Some of the recent studies unveil that there are 5 main elements regarding this mosquitoes and humans interaction.

Those are as below.


A person is having his or her own scent that is produced due to various aspects like exhaled carbon dioxide mixed with body odor. Mosquitoes have maxillary pulp to recognize these carbon dioxide emissions. Along with these it produces octenol that can attract mosquitoes within 100 foot range. Therefore adults and people who work heavily are likely to get bitten more by mosquitoes sue to the high exhaling of carbon dioxide compared to others.

Other than carbon dioxide or octenol you exhale, the body odor can attract mosquitoes while people tend to avoid you. This odor is caused due to the bacteria that are living upon our sweat in skin. Therefore being sweaty all the time could be favorable to mosquitoes. So you might think of using soap regularly, but that would sometimes worsen the situation as mosquitoes are more attractive to incubated sweat than the fresh sweat. But for a certain extent that would help.

Yes you can’t change your blood type, but being a person with A blood group can be a benefit to be away from mosquitoes as they are less interested in A type blood and more interested in O blood types. The reason behind this is the secretors. A secretor is a person who is secreting sugar based chemicals through their skins which indicated the blood type. So the mosquitoes are attracted more in to the O type secretors.

Lactic Acid

Lactic is emitted when a person is active or due to certain foods. When a person is dealing with some heavy work or does exercises they are likely to sense the lactic acid compounds to identify the person.


Pregnant women are likely to be bitten by mosquitoes more often. They are more exhaling in last stages of pregnancy like 21 percent of more breath. And their blood flow is increased which apparently increases the temperature of blood by around 0.7 celcius.

Body heat

Doing anything that raises your body heat can attract mosquitoes including drinking alcohol and doing exercises. Mosquitoes can identify the body heat that would make them come to you and squeeze your blood. Therefore keeping your body temperature at a low number by washing regularly can help.


Mosquitoes are attracted to wet or moisture places. The vapor in breath and moisture in the skin are two main aspects for mosquitoes to make themselves attracted to you. It is better to keep yourself dry as possible.


Mosquitoes can identify your movements from 30 feet away therefore limiting unnecessary movements can help to avoid mosquitoes for a certain extent.


It is said that mosquitoes are more attracted to darker colors than the light colors.

There are a lot of mosquito borne illnesses everywhere including major dangerous health risks like dengue, malaria. Therefore try to prevent from being bitten by mosquitos.

Mosquito nets with permethrin or another spray to deter mosquitoes can help you to avoid mosquitoes.

And where protective clothes when you are exposed to mosquitoes and using a spray designed for clothes can be another option. Using covered clothes will help you only unless they won’t make you overheated.

Using an electric fan attached to your body will make it difficult for mosquitoes around you to fly in an artificially derived wind and also will disperse the breath.

Always remember prevention is better than cure and act accordingly.

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