Slap, scratch, curse — why do mosquitoes love me (and not you)?
You’ve been there. At the beach. At a picnic. Playing volleyball. And the mosquitoes can’t get enough of you although they seem to be leaving John Doe alone. Why is that?
A new report in Smithsonian Magazine sheds some light on this mystery and it turns out mosquitoes may like you more than others based on your size, your blood type, your degree of fitness, your body temperature and other factors.
Fun facts from the story (which you need to read in whole if mosquitoes really bug you:)
- Mosquitoes have favorite blood types. They’re more likely to dine out (on you) if you’re Type O than if you’re type A. Type B folks lay somewhere in the middle.
- 85 percent of people secrete a chemical through their skin that telegraphs which blood type they have and mosquitoes prefer secretors to nonsecretors even if they have a non-preferred blood type.
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