It’s Not Your Imagination, 5 Reasons Mosquitoes Are Biting You More

Skeeters. Blood Suckers. Bane of your existence. Whatever you call them, there’s simply no denying that mosquitoes suck. But there’s one thing worse than these winged biters…You guessed it—their itchy bites. And even though many of us know that scratching only worsens the itch, sometimes it’s just too hard to resist.

While the first few bites of mosquito season (which can begin as early as March in warm places like GA) may not seem like a big deal, by the second or third dozen, these little irritations evolve to be unbearable.

So, despite your best efforts—staying stocked up on bug spray, dryer sheets and citronella candles—if you’re someone who always ends up with bug bites galore, this may be why:

1.    Your smell. We aren’t talking about whether or not you’re wearing deodorant or perfume, instead we’re referring to the smell of lactic acid, uric acid and ammonia (all of which are higher after exercise). Mosquitoes are often attracted to these scents, as well as higher body temperatures.

2.    Your clothing. One of the key ways to deter mosquitoes is to wear long sleeves, long pants and closed-toe shoes; however, if you opt for dark colors (like black, blue, red or purple); this may have the opposite effect. And don’t forget about fit and material (e.g., tight fitting synthetic materials can keep mosquitoes at bay).  

3.    Your breath. The smell of your breath isn’t of interest to these little buggers, but they are very interested in the amount of CO2 (carbon dioxide) that you release when you exhale. It’s actually one of the key ways that they identify potential targets. Everything from your weight, exercise habits and drink of choice can up your metabolic rate.

4.    Your biology. Since mosquitoes are after your blood, it may not come as much of a surprise that your blood type could be a factor. According to a recent study, if you have Type O, beware, as mosquitoes are more likely to land on you than on people with Type A and Type B. Your skin bacteria may come into play, too, especially if you notice mosquitoes going for your ankles and feet.

5.    Your luck. As frustrating as this may be, there isn’t always a clear answer for why you seem to be such a mosquito magnet. Maybe you’re still developing a tolerance (which some people do!), you travel a lot (there are over 200 different species in the US alone, some of which may irritate you more than others) or your genetics just make you irresistible.

So what can you do? Try a few simple tricks like utilizing a fan, covering up, avoiding peak mosquito hours (dawn and dusk) and stock up on DEET. 

Make sure your summer doesn't bite.  While coping with annoying mosquito bites is one thing, noticing abnormal symptoms that could signal a mosquito-borne illnesses is something else entirely. Anything from a rash, nausea and fever to a headache, weakness and shortness of breath could be cause for concern. That's why the experts at ChoiceOne Urgent Care are available seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., to get you through all of summer’s illnesses and injuries. 


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