Ever Wonder Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People, But Leave Others Alone?
Summer is in full swing, which means vacation, beach days, and camping, depending on what you're into. But it also means that mosquito season has peaked. Keep in mind that mosquitoes will be around until temperatures are consistently below 50 degrees, so they'll be around year round in some places around the world.
According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mosquitoes aren't just pesky, they're dangerous, especially if you're traveling overseas. Mosquitoes spread diseases like malaria, West Nile virus, Zika, dengue, and chikungunya.
But mosquito bites aren't just contracted overseas. You can get them just about anywhere you go. The good news is that a lot of research has been put into when and why mosquitoes bite.
Have you ever felt like you get bitten more than your friends and family? Well, that's because mosquitoes are attracted to certain types of people. Learn about these types and how to avoid getting bitten below.
Mosquitoes have a type, or types, we should say.
Some people are bitten by mosquitoes more often than others, and if you're one of these victims, you know how irritating it is to deal with those itchy, red bumps.
These bloodsucking females turn up at dawn and dusk.
Before we get into types, keep in mind that mosquitoes flutter about at dawn and desk because that's when winds are low and humidity rises, medical entomologist Dr. Jonathan Day tells TIME. So, try to enjoy the great outdoors during some other pockets of time if possible.
Mosquitoes may prefer a certain blood type.
We can't choose the bodies we're born into, and this includes our blood type. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are more likely to bite Type O blood types than any other type. Research suggests that Type Os are 83% more likely to get bitten while Type A folks are the least likely to get bitten. Doctors are divided by this 'factoid,' but keep on the lookout for updated research as it comes.
They're after pregnant women.
Cruel, isn't it? It's all about the amount of carbon dioxide you exhale. In fact, CO2 is the first thing that mosquitoes look for in identifying their victims and pregnant women exhale more of it.
As aforementioned, mosquitoes spread Zika, which can lead to serious birth defects, so do your research about where and when you should travel and be extra careful if you're carrying.
Adults have a higher chance of getting bitten than children.
Also because of the amount of CO2 emitted, people with larger bodies are more likely to be bitten than those with smaller bodies. That's why children aren't bitten as often as adults.
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