here are very few things more annoying than when you’re trying to spend time in nature and WHAM — a mosquito attacks. You may even feel that mosquitoes go after you more than other people. And as it turns out, you’re probably right! There are multiple reasons why mosquitoes bite some people over others.
Do any of these apply to you? If so, it’s time to stock up on the bug spray.
OUCH! The mosquito strikes again.
There are so many wonderful things to enjoy about summer time. It’s the perfect season for heading to the beach, hosting a barbecue or roasting marshmallows. Unfortunately, it’s also prime time for mosquitos. These little pests are absolutely one of the worst bugs on the planet, and that’s saying something.
Some people feel as though mosquitoes are especially attracted to them. You might be tempted to think those people are just feeling sorry for themselves, but as it turns out, it’s probably true! There are scientific reasons for why mosquitoes bite some people more than others.
Reason One: You’re breathing.
Yep. Apparently just breathing is something that attracts mosquitoes to you. They’re super good at smelling the carbon dioxide we exhale and are naturally drawn to it.
Time to learn how to exist without breathing.
Reason Two: You’re pregnant.
As if carrying a baby wasn’t already difficult enough, pregnant women now have mosquitoes to contend with, too. One study found that mosquitoes tend to prefer pregnant women to their non-pregnant counterparts, which makes total sense.
Scientists think this might have something to do with the fact that a pregnant woman’s body temperature is a bit higher on average. Since mosquitoes love warmth, they’re naturally more drawn to pregnant women.
Reason Three: You’re overweight.
If you’re a bigger person, you tend to produce more carbon dioxide, which (as we’ve already covered) is basically perfume to mosquitoes.
But don’t start exercising just yet…