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- Turns out there are a bunch of reasons! How much carbon dioxide you exude makes a difference to how appetizing you are to the buggers.
People with a larger body mass and pregnant people produce more carbon dioxide, which means they’re also more likely to be bitten.
2. A higher body temperature could also mean you are more likely to be bitten.
Which again, makes people with a larger body mass and pregnant people more susceptible as they generally have a greater body temperature. Everyone is also at greater risk when they’re exercising, because this also raises your body temperature.
3. Your blood type is also a factor in how likely you are to be bitten.
A study reveals people with type O blood are significantly more attractive than people with type A blood to mosquitoes. However, this was a very small study that hasn’t been repeated since, so take these results with a pinch of salt.
4. The same study also showed that only some people secrete chemicals through their skin that indicate what blood type they have.
Some people do not secrete those chemicals at all, making them less likely to be bitten, they just get lucky!
5. The composition of the microbes on your skin is another factor.
We all have a unique and beautiful flora of microbes living on our skin. In fact, we have more microbes on our skin than actual skin cells. We’re actually just walking masses of germs. Anyway, the unique composition of our microbe affects how much mosquitoes want to bite us.
6. Exercising also makes you more appealing.
To other humans, but also to mosquitoes. This is because exercise increases the amount of lactic acid your skin secretes, as well as increasing your overall body temperature. For mosquitoes, this is the equivalent of wafting delicious baked goods and fresh coffee in front of someone who’s just rolled out of bed.